Daniel Radcliffe was “naive” in thinking that gender inequality was no longer an issue in Hollywood.
The debate surrounding differing pay for actors and actresses hit headlines following the leak of Sony emails back in 2014 which revealed the female stars of American Hustle were on a 7 per cent pay deal, while their male co-stars were on a 9 per cent deal.
Jennifer Lawrence, who appeared in the film, and pal Lena Dunham have since spoken out about the lack of equality in Hollywood, but former Harry Potter star Daniel admits he had been unaware of the issue until the email leak.
“It is nuts to me,” Daniel told Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I’m incredibly glad it (gender equality) has come up because I had just f**king naively thought this was not an issue any more because how can this still be happening?
“It’s crazy. It is definitely the time for our industry to step up. Especially if we want to pride ourselves on being a liberal, progressive industry then you can’t be doing that.”
Daniel added he finds it baffling that American Hustle bosses had made a decision to pay the film’s stars so unequally.
“What I found shocking about the whole American Hustle thing, and please correct me if I’m wrong – but if I have this right, they had all the boys on one deal and all the girls on another deal,” he said.
“That, to me, is shocking… stuff like that is crazy and the thing I can’t help but think is ‘Who? Who’s doing that? What guy is sitting in a studio somewhere thinking let’s f**k the girls out of some money’?”
Daniel has enjoyed great success since starring as teen wizard Harry in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels. One of his next films sees him star alongside Toni Collette in FBI drama Imperium, an actress Daniel agrees epitomises everything that’s great about women in Hollywood.
“I feel like I am starting to see changes, particularly in the type of roles for women,” he said. “I just did a film with Toni Collette (Imperium) and she’s f**king bad-ass in this film and it’s a f**king awesome role.
“It’s very cool and I feel like there’s such a wealth of amazing actresses in the world right now and we’ve got to start writing better parts for them and paying them equally.”
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