Judy Greer talks Hollywood movie pay gap

Judy Greer has spoken about the Hollywood pay gap, admitting she gets mad at herself for not demanding more money.

39-year-old actress Judy Greer who is most famous for her roles in films such as 13 Going on 30, The Wedding Planner and 27 Dresses says if she were a man, she’d be paid more.

Judy Greer
Judy Greer

And Judy has opened up about the much debated Hollywood pay gap between men and women in a new post.

“In the past few months, I’ve become convinced of one thing: If I were a man, I’d be paid more. I realise that some people may not sympathise with an actress who gets to be in movies and on TV or a living,” she wrote. “But if you take away names and vocations, the fact is that in 2015 a man is still getting paid more money to do the same job a woman does, in Hollywood and everywhere else. And no matter where you live or what you do, that’s bullsh*t.”

In the lengthy post, Judy admits she often berates herself for not having demanded equal rights as her male co-stars in the past.

She names fellow actresses like Charlize Theron for helping inspire her to speak out.

“Sometimes I get mad at myself for not demanding more,” she continued. “I idolise Charlize Theron, who reportedly negotiated a $10 million raise after she discovered she was making less money than her male co-star on The Huntsman. I know that’s what actresses–and all women who want equal pay–are supposed to do, lest we give our employers the OK to carry on as usual.”

Judy also revealed that the reason she has decided to go public with her feelings on the pay gap is to ensure she is a role model to her stepdaughter.

The actress is married to producer Dean E. Johnsen.

“I can encourage her to negotiate, ask questions, and stand up for herself. I can remind myself to try that too,” she noted. “And in Hollywood I can continue to fight for more movies and TV shows–with bigger budgets–that value women. Women who are more than arm candy. Women who are layered and flawed, just like us. Women who kick a**.”


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