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Amy Adams Kept Quiet Over Gender Pay Gap So As Not To Look "Ungrateful"

The actress thinks we should focus on teachers and waiters before actors.

Back in 2014 Sony was rocked by a monumental email hacking that leaked a ridiculous amount of sensitive information.

Buried in all that was the revelation that Amy Adams and her American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence were paid considerably less than the men on the film, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.

Lawrence spoke out about the pay variance, as pay disparity has been something that she's been passionate about for a long time. Adams, on the other hand, was less vocal.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph the 43-year-old explained she didn't want to look "ungrateful".

"Everyone wanted me to talk about how I felt about it, but I want to fight for people outside our industry, so to come out and look ungrateful about what I’m paid as an actress just didn’t feel right."

"I do believe in equal pay, but let’s start with our teachers. Let’s get waiters paid the minimum wage. That’s what’s great about what’s happening with Time’s Up - we’re starting to have bigger conversations than just about what’s happening in Hollywood."

Adams referred to the Time's Up movement, which gained a lot of momentum around the same time #MeToo began to break into the mainstream media. Time's Up is an organisation started by over 300 women in Hollywood like Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes.

The organisation is focused on issues in the workplace, across all industries, be it fairness, safety, equality and all free from any harassment, intimidation and discrimination.

This isn't the first time Adams has spoken up about the pay disparity, in fact in 2016 she revealed she was aware she would be paying less when she signed up for the role.

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"Yeah, I did," she told GQ, "I didn’t speak about it before and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever, because I disagreed with... not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating."

"I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it."

There have been recent cases of women being paid less than their male co-stars come to light recently which have caused major upsets. When a producer let it slip that The Crown star Claire Foy was being paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, the uproar forced the production company to back-pay Foy $350,000.

Adam Adams' new HBO series Sharp Objects heads to Foxtel from Monday July 9.

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