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Jessica Chastain just did the most badass thing to make sure she's paid as much as her male co-stars

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Equal pay is a hotly discussed topic, and for great reason. No matter what the job, men get paid more than women — something that doesn’t stop in an industry like Hollywood.

The latest star to speak up about this continuing issue? Actress Jessica Chastain, who negotiates for equal pay in a genius way: by simply refusing to take a fraction of what her male co-stars get paid.

“I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid. I’m not allowing that in my life,” the Oscar-nominated star said in an interview with Variety for its “Power of Women: New York” issue.

“What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy,” Chastain continues.

“I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do,” she adds. “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Could this woman be any more badass? Not only is she admitting that actors are paid a crazy amount, but she’s drawing the line and speaking up about it, which we as non-famous women can totally relate to.

As if she wasn’t enough of a role model, the Zero Dark Thirty star humbly credits much of her outlook to Amy Pascal, who was co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment during its 2014 hack.

“She said part of the reason women don’t get paid equal to men is they don’t ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful,” Chastain recalls.

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