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Daniel Radcliffe Channels His Inner Emma Watson And Speaks Out Against The Hollywood Wage Gap

“It is nuts to me."

Daniel Radcliffe became a film icon when he starred in the first Harry Potter film in 2001. He says that as a child actor he wasn't aware of the horrific gender pay gap in the industry, but now he's speaking out.

Hermione would be proud.

"It is nuts to me," Radcliffe told The Daily Telegraph. "It's crazy. It is definitely the time for our industry to step up."

Last year, Jennifer Lawrence's groundbreaking essay opened the world's eyes to the disparity in Hollywood acting salaries. In 2013's American Hustle, Lawrence and co-star Amy Adams were paid 7 percent back-end compensation compared to the leading men's 9 percent, although Lawrence was arguably the biggest name attached to the film.

"What I found shocking about the whole American Hustle thing, and please correct me if I'm wrong — but if I have this right, they had all the boys on one deal and all the girls on another deal," Radcliffe told The Daily Telegraph. "I'm incredibly glad it (gender equality) has come up because I had just fucking naively thought this was not an issue any more because how can this still be happening?"

While the pay gap is an obvious problem in Hollywood, it isn't the only issue. There are also misogynistic film scripts that place far greater weight on women's physical appearances than their personalities and sexist movie marketing campaigns that assume female moviegoers are predominantly interested in romantic films.

Despite the gender barriers in the industry, Radcliffe maintains a hopeful outlook.

"I feel like there's such a wealth of amazing actresses in the world right now and we've got to start writing better parts for them and paying them equally," he told The Daily Telegraph.

This isn't the first time Radcliffe supported gender equality, as he previously praised his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson for her women's rights campaign, HeForShe.

10 points to Gryffindor.

Cover photo via Dave J Hogan / Getty Images


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