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The Batman v Superman actress also opens up about being paid less than her male costars in American Hustle

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March 14, 2016 03:30 PM

Amy Adams loves the work Emma Watson is doing as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador.

Gracing the cover of Allure‘s April issue, Adams acknowledges that the Hollywood wage gap is a problem, but says she thinks it’s more important to focus on gender equality as a whole.

“That’s what is so great what Emma Watson is doing,” Adams, 41, tells the magazine. “She’s not talking about actresses; she’s talking about women all over the world.”

Last week, the Harry Potter actress took an active part in celebrating International Women’s Day, including turning the Empire State Building pink with First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray. In February, Watson announced she was taking a year off from acting to focus on feminism.

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actress also explains why she hadn’t spoken publicly about gender wage disparity.

“I wasn’t comfortable [talking about it] because I don’t feel bad for myself as an actress,” she says. “I feel really fortunate. I started doing research, and it was striking how women don’t feel comfortable negotiating for raises.”

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Adams also addressed the fact that she knew she was being paid less than her male costars in American Hustle when she signed on for the movie, unlike Jennifer Lawrence, who found out after the Sony email hack and penned an essay about the industry’s wage inequality.

“I negotiated, and I tried to get paid as much [as Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper],” she says. “But I felt like if I kept pushing, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity. So that’s on me.”

She admits that, in the past, she has “conceded to more that I disagree with as a woman” because she hates fighting. But, now that’s changing.

“I used to keep my head down and do my job. But that stopped serving me. Now, I speak up,” she says.

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