The actress talked about the wage gap issue in Miami
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Sharon Stone, a consistent advocate for women’s rights, held nothing back when she shared her thoughts on the current Hollywood wage gap issue.

“After Basic Instinct, no one wanted to pay me,” Stone told PEOPLE on Friday night at the FUNKSHION “Celebration of Hope” fashion event to honor sister Kelly Stone at The Setai in Miami. “I remember sitting in my kitchen with my manager and just crying and saying I’m not going to work until I get paid.”

” I still got paid so much less than any men,” she added.

Stone, who currently stars in and executive produces the new TNT show Agent X, declared that the issue goes far beyond Hollywood, saying that change, “has to start with regular pay, not just for movie stars, but regular pay for the regular woman in the regular job.” She added of her own experience as a young working actress, “I waited tables and scrubbed floors and everything else on the way up, and you must make the same, and it’s not cool that you don’t.

“More than 50% of marriages end in divorce and the women are working and taking care of their kids and that’s how it goes and you have to say ‘Yes’ because you have to feed your children,” she continued. “It’s a sort of economic blackmail.”