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Emma Stone revealed that her male co-stars willingly took pay cuts for gender equality

In the same week, actors have walked out of Hawaii Five-o over pay inequality.

PAY CONDITIONS IN Hollywood have definitely been in the spotlight this week.

After a dispute over being paid less than white co-stars, Daniel Dae Kim (who played Jin-Soo in LOST) and Grace Park (Lt. Boomer from Battlestar Galactica) quit CBS show Hawaii Five-o.

Entertainment Weekly & People New York Upfront Party Daniel Dae Kim Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

George Takei, who is of Japanese descent, appeared on both the original series of Hawaii Five-o and the modern revival and commented that CBS’s inability to “recognize their value to the show that’s set in Hawaii [...] is sad.”

6/10/17 - Austin: 2017 ATX Television Festival - Closing Night Red Carpet - Battlestar Galactica Reunion Grace Park Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

They were applauded by other Asian-American actors and actresses including Constance Wu who took to Twitter to comment on their courage to speak out.

Daniel Dae Kim commented that “the path to equality is rarely easy.”

Race isn’t the only thing that determines your payslip when you’re working in Hollywood.

While talking to Out magazine, Emma Stone spoke about male colleagues taking pay cuts to level out salary differences. “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them, and that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.”

AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute To Diane Keaton - Arrivals Emma Stone Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

The conversation came up because of her new role in a film called Battle of the Sexes which tells the story of female tennis player Billie Jean King who campaigned to get equal pay for female tennis players.

Emma’s co-star Andrea Riseborough commented on the relevance of the film and importance of preserving these moments in history. “I was born after the events – but there are so many really important moments in terms of paving the way for legislation for equal pay that are overlooked.”

CA: Hulu's 2017 Winter TCA Tour Andrea Riseborough Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Billie Jean King also commented in the interview to point out that the pay disparity is even deeper between white men and women of colour than it is between white men and women.

Billie Jean Kings Moves Tennis Team To Philadelphia Billie Jean King Source: Ricky Fitchett

However Stone and her colleagues are well aware that the responsibility of ensuring that people are paid equal should not depend on the generosity of individual co-stars, but from the employers. “We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly.”

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