Amy Adams believes women in Hollywood will be paid more when society’s view of women changes.
The movie industry has been rife with stories about female stars earning less than their male counterparts on big productions over the last couple of years, with Amy being one of them when she starred in 2013’s American Hustle. Earlier this year (16) Amy revealed she knew her pay was less than co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper but she took the role anyway, and while she wasn’t against fellow actress Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter about the issue, she didn’t feel the need to speak about it in detail.
Now, in a new interview with Britain’s Elle magazine, Amy explains nothing will progress until the disparity between men and women in society changes.
“The negotiation comes to a standstill and I have to make a choice, which a lot of women do. I can walk away. But I choose not to,” she said of picking a role. “This is an issue not just about women’s pay; we need to work on how women are viewed in society and then the pay will be reflected in that. Right now time is more important to me. So that’s what I negotiate because any time I’m working, I’m not spending with my daughter.”
Amy, who has six-year-old Aviana with husband Darren Le Gallo, also spoke to the publication about one of her idols in the business, admitting she’s “obsessed” with Judi Dench. Although the red-haired beauty has never met the British star, she loves the “twinkle and sparkle and vibrancy” Judi has, and how the 81-year-old is judged on her spirit rather than her age.
The Enchanted actress touched upon being compared to other females in the industry too, joking her dream to look like Monster actress Charlize Theron ended when she was a youngster.
“I have short legs, I’m athletic, I have pale skin that reacts to cold and hot moisture. You just have to accept who you are. In those comparisons, I always lost,” Amy laughed.
Amy is currently busy promoting her new film, Arrival, due for release in November (16).