- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Natalie Portman says the film industry has a greater gender pay gap than most professions, claiming actresses in Hollywood are “making 30 cents to the dollar” compared to men.

The Harvard-educated actress, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her leading role in “Black Swan,” revealed in Marie Claire’s February issue that Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as her for “No Strings Attached.”

“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she said. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”

“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” she added. “In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”

Ms. Portman said women should focus on being part of the solution, not “perpetuating the problem” by staying silent.

“I don’t think women and men are more or less capable,” she said. “We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities.”

Ms. Portman isn’t the only big name in the industry to shed light on the gender pay gap. After Sony’s internal computer system was hacked in November 2014, one of the many headlines that transpired from the leaked internal emails was that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid much less than their male co-stars in “American Hustle.”

Ms. Lawrence, Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, penned an open letter nearly a year later saying she was mad at herself for being complicit in the industry’s sexism by failing to negotiate for a higher salary.

Other actresses to speak on the issue in recent years include Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, Amanda Seyfried, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Salma Hayek.

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