Gwyneth Paltrow On The “Painful” Gender Pay Gap

Gwyneth Paltrow has made her opinion clear on the much-debated Hollywood gender pay gap, explaining that the whole thing is “painful” for women and makes her feel “sh*tty”.

When discussing the huge divide between her pay and that of her Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth told Variety:

“Look, nobody is worth the money that Robert Downey Jr is worth but if I told you the dispartity you would be surprised.”

Robert is the highest-paid actor in the world, who last year earned $39 million dollars more than the highest paid actress in the world, Jennifer Lawrence. While The Hunger Games’ star earned an incredible $72 million, the highest paid male raked in $111 million! The huge disparity between the two has caused many actresses to speak out about the unfair manner in which women are paid in Hollywood.

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Gwyneth, who was placed 12th on the same list, making $9 million in 2014, explained why the inequality is so “painful”:

“Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid alot more for doing the same thing, it feels shitty.”

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Men. Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Men.

The interview also drew attention to another major issue the women in Hollywood – ageism. When asked if she would one day return at Tony Spark’s love interest in the Marvel flic, Gwyneth replied, “I’d like to, but they might swap me out for an 18-year-old Pepper Potts or something.”

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The sad truth of sexism in Hollywood appears to be hitting the headlines daily at the moment. While Emma Watson revealed how few female directors and writers she has worked with, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette and Cate Blanchett have also spoken out against the inequality they have faced.

By Amy de Klerk