Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

Anna Jefferson
May 15, 2018

I had a good run but now it's also time to be generous with the actresses in the films'.

It will require not only fearless salary negotiation, but also, perhaps, some male actors' giving up a portion of their inflated salaries to be able to pay women salaries that are on par with theirs, she said. "If the movie's budget is $10 million, the (male) actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7 million, it is going to be hard for equality", Hayek added.

"We all have to be part of the adjustment".

"I will be hated for saying this", Hayek joked. "I hope I can get a job after this!"

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Hayek, a prominent leader in Hollywood's Time's Up movement, was among 82 women - symbolizing the mere 82 female-directed films to have screened at Cannes, compared to 1,866 films directed by men - who protested the festival's gender inequality the previous day.

He later challenged allegations by N'yongo, who said Weinstein sexually harassed her in 2011 while she was still a college student.

The 51-year-old actor was one of the dozens of women who came forward in 2017 to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Hayek accused Weinstein of threatening to "break my kneecaps" after she spurned his advances on the set of her film Frida. "Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed".

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Weinstein and his team of publicists rarely responded to allegations from individual women in the news, providing general statements and denials to the press.

She said they had also targeted the testimony of "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o knowing that "women of colour are believed less".

"We should have been angrier sooner", she said. It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour, people believe you less.

"So, he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest", Hayek told Variety during Women In Motion panel discussion at Cannes Film Festival.

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Equal pay isn't just about paying women more, according to Salma Hayek; it may be about men getting paid less.

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