July 7 (UPI) – Emma Stone says male co-stars have shown her support by taking pay cuts to ensure parity.

The 28-year-old actress confirmed in the new issue of Out that some actors have stepped up to make sure she receives equal pay for films.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair,” Stone told the magazine.

“That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair,'” she added.

Stone didn’t mention any of her co-stars by name, but recently starred in La La Land, Aloha and Birdman. She will next play tennis star and gender equality advocate Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes.

“If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life,” the star said. “And this is Billie Jean’s feminism, and I love it — she is equality, man: equality, equality, equality.”

Stone previously discussed the importance of equal pay in the November issue of Vogue. She said at the time that there’s “no excuse” for women to be paid less than men for equal work.

“We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly,” the star asserted. “I’ve had pay equal to my male co-stars in the past few films. But our industry ebbs and flows in a way that’s like, ‘How much are you bringing into the box office?'”

“What are we at [nationally]? Seventy-nine cents to the dollar?” she added. “It’s insane. There’s no excuse for it anymore.”

Stone stars with Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes, which will bring to life King’s famous 1973 tennis match with Bobby Riggs. The movie is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, and opens in theaters Sept. 22.



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