Earlier this year, Patricia Arquette delivered one of the most politically charged Oscar speeches in recent memory, declaring, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all.” Now, she’s become one of Hollywood’s most outspoken critics of the wage gap, and the CSI: Cyber star sat down with Fortune to talk gender equality — and the Hollywood sexism she’s experienced personally.
“I remember a director telling my agent that it would be great if I could lose 10 pounds as long as my boobs didn’t get smaller,” she told Fortune.
Arquette, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as a single mom in Boyhood, called for a closer look at how the wage gap affects different women, especially women of color.
“We are selling our daughters this phony-baloney story that they can go to college and be anything they want to be, but we don’t tell them they are not going to get paid as much as a man who does the same,” she said. “They can get degrees, but will spend a longer time paying back student loans because they’ll earn less than men.”
Head to Fortune to read the rest of Arquette’s interview.