By Will Robinson
Updated July 07, 2016 at 03:35 PM EDT

Anna Gunn might make her Equity character the next Gordon Gekko.

The former Breaking Bad star plays Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker driven to climb her company’s ladder by becoming ensnared in a complicated IPO in director Meera Menon’s financial drama.

During a visit with an organization for professional women, Naomi gives inspiring insight into her drive in an EW exclusive clip. Parts echo Gekko’s “greed is good” address in Wall Street. Her main motivation? Money — especially growing up in a household where it was scarce. Though she helped her family, Naomi makes it clear she focuses on her needs.

“I am not going to sit here and tell you I only do what I do to take care of other people, because it is okay to do it for ourselves, for how it makes us feel,” she says. “Secure? Yeah. Powerful? Absolutely.

“I am so glad that it’s finally acceptable for women to talk about ambition openly,” she adds. “But don’t let money be a dirty word: We can like that, too.”

Equity, which also stars James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, and Alysia Reiner, opens July 29.