“Pay disparity is going to take a while,” Hayek said at the Women in Motion panel at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. “Because they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before.”
“It’s an adjustment, we need to all start adjusting and work together,” Hayek said. “But also the actors have to work together because if the male actors are asking for such big numbers, that part of it belongs a little bit to the women and in the past it was never given and the movie doesn’t get done because they cannot pay the actors what they were making…The actors have to say ‘OK, time’s up, I had a good run but now it’s time to also be generous with the actresses in the films.'”
On Monday, Cannes Film Festival artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, signed a pledge to promote gender parity and transparency at the festival.
“We should have been angrier sooner,” she said. “We should have come together sooner.”
Hayek says that the Me Too movement can be empowering for men as well.
“It is a very exciting time for men now,” Hayed said. “Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom.”