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Daniel Radcliffe On The Pay Gap: 'How Can This Still Be Happening?'

⚡️ Accio equal pay in Hollywood! ⚡️
Danielle Radcliffe, the boy who lived (to be outspoken about equal pay).
Danielle Radcliffe, the boy who lived (to be outspoken about equal pay).

Daniel Radcliffe has some strong opinions about equal pay (or the lack thereof) in Hollywood.

In an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph, the actor said that he is grateful that issues of sexism and inequality in the film industry are being discussed so publicly.

"I’m incredibly glad it 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?" he said. "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."

Over the past few years, actresses have become more outspoken about the issues -- at the 2015 Academy Awards, Patricia Arquette devoted her impassioned acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress to equal pay for women, and last fall, Jennifer Lawrence's Lenny Letter essay, "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?" reignited the conversation in earnest. 

Radcliffe referenced Lawrence's experience of starring in "American Hustle" and making less than her male counterparts.

Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence pose with a man who earned more money than them for doing the same job in the same
Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence pose with a man who earned more money than them for doing the same job in the same movie. 

In her Lenny essay Lawrence wrote about her male co-stars:

Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.

Radcliffe called this inequity "shocking."

"Stuff like that is crazy," he said. "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’?"

We're asking ourselves the same thing, Dan. 

Head over to The Daily Telegraph to read the whole interview

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