Daniel Radcliffe is supporting his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson‘s HeForShe campaign.
The 26-year-old actor has spoken very highly of the much-publicised cause, which aims to create gender equality. Seems Harry and Hermione will always have each other’s backs, eh?
In an interview with Nylon magazine, Daniel says: ‘I think it’s fantastic that she’s bringing attention to it and adding to the conversation.’
The HeForShe campaign asks men to help promote gender equality, adhering to the idea that equal rights for women can’t happen without advocates from both genders.
While Daniel is clearly in agreement with this statement, he admits that he finds it hard to understand why equality is still an issue. And we’re right with you there, D-Rad.
He continues: ‘I also find it bemusing, honestly, maybe because I have cool parents with a very equal marriage and have had good role models all my life, but I thought this was done.’
Happily, Daniel seems to think things are improving in his industry.
This is despite the fact that the Hollywood gender pay gap is a major talking point right now, with Jennifer Lawrence recently writing a kick-ass essay for Lena Dunham’s feminist newsletter Lenny.
The piece was entitled ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-stars?’, and saw her lament: ‘When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d****, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.
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‘I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled”… I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable!’
Emma, 25, later responded on Twiitter: ‘O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so. X.’
But Daniel says he’s ‘never’ seen a film crew more equally split gender-wise than on the set of his new flick Swiss Army Man, which he describes as including ‘singing and a guy befriending a dead body.’
Let’s hope this becomes the norm in the future.