Rooney Mara Shares Her Surprising Experiences With Gender Pay Gap & Reveals Why We’re Having The ‘Wrong’ Conversation!
We’re so glad Rooney Mara is joining the gender pay gap movement!
In a recent interview with Deadline, Rooney opened up about her experiences with salary issues in comparison to her male counterparts. The beauty also took a minute to reflect on the important conversation about women’s equality in Hollywood first sparked by Jennifer Lawrence‘s poignant essay in Lenny Letter.
Luckily for Mara, she has had only one instance of unexplained gender pay gap thanks to her preference for independent films where everyone is typically paid “equal”. The actress also revealed there have been times where she has been paid more than men.
Obviously, the pay scale was NOT equal when Mara appeared in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo alongside Daniel Craig considering she was relatively unknown at the time:
“When I did Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, did Daniel Craig get paid more than me? Of course. He got paid a ton more than me, but he’s Daniel Craig and no one knew who I was so I don’t deserve to be getting paid what he’s getting. He’s the one putting asses in the seats, not me. I had never done anything, so that’s just sort of the way that went.”
Well, we guess that makes sense. As long as R.M. was comfortable with it that’s all that matters!
Despite the Carol star’s good fortune, she admits there’s still something to be done about gender inequality. Not only does Rooney believe there’s still progress to be made, she also thinks there needs to be a more analytic and thoughtful approach to the issue entirely:
“Listen, I think that we’re having the wrong conversation. The conversation isn’t we’re not getting paid as much as men. The conversation should be why and where does that come from because it’s just a side effect of something much greater, which is that women├óΓé¼┬ªthere is a certain language that we use or that people use to talk about women and certain types of women in our industry and in lots of different industries, that we would never use to describe men. And I think when you’re getting paid less, there’s sort of this sense that ├óΓé¼╦£Well you don’t really respect me or feel like you need me as much you need these other people.'”
All good points! At least the conversation is getting more and more attention — that’s a start!
So, what do YOU think of Mara’s comments?
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