The subject of equal pay came up during a star-studded roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which included Adams, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Taraji P. Henson, Annette Bening, Naomie Harris and legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert.
Henson kicked off the conversation after she was asked if she thinks the film industry is doing enough for black actors. “Have we seen enough representation of African-American stories? No. But has Hollywood been horrible to me? No. I’ve worked. Did I get paid what I deserve? That is the question we should be talking about,” she replied.
“Who you should be asking is the Producer Roundtable: ‘Do you think minorities are underrepresented? Do you think women are underpaid?’” Adams later added.
“We are always put on the chopping block to put our opinion out there, and that question is never asked,” she continued. “I’m like, ‘Why don’t you ask them and then have their statements be the headlines in the press?’ I don’t want to be a headline anymore about pay equality.”
Henson also explained why she is reluctant to speak out on pay issues. “I can’t take that on because I have worked and I’ve seen my career do this. So I never wallow in the muck and say, ‘Oh, it’s hard.’ That’s a given,” she explained.
“So I’m not going to make it an issue. I’m going to work my ass off and hopefully the work that I’m doing will change things, will make it better for the next one coming behind me,” added the Empire star.