Scarlett Johansson just weighed in about the Hollywood pay gap
After diversity, the gender pay gap is the second biggest hot button issue in Hollywood right now. Everyone from Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette to Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, and Emma Watson have weighed in on the issue, sometimes citing their own struggles with the unequal pay.
Now, Scarlett Johansson — who with $35.5 million in income was named the 2nd highest paid actress of 2015 — has added her two cents. In the May 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan, Johansson says she’s not totally comfortable discussing the issue, or at least doesn’t feel like it’s her place to offer commentary.
“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” the 31-year-old actress says. “I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage.”
It’s a fact that we shouldn’t scoff at. After all, Johansson has made most of her money these last few years starring as the sole female lead in the string of movies related to the Avengers franchise with the latest, Captain America: Civil War, due next month. That means she’s holding her own pay-wise against the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans, who were named the 1st, 15th, and 32nd highest paid actors in Hollywood last year, respectively.
“I think every woman has [been underpaid],” Johansson continued. “But unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
We couldn’t agree more. The May issue of Cosmo hits newsstands on Tuesday, April 12.