Charlize Theron Speaks Out About Equal Pay, #MeToo

Charlize Theron and Nelson Mandela’s grandson conducted a sprawling conversation about social justice in honor of the centenary of the South African freedom fighter’s birth.

During their discussion, which was moderated by Soledad O’Brien at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse, Theron revisited how and why she demanded to be paid as much as co-star Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

  • She explained: “I am in a position where I could put my foot down and say, ‘I want equal pay to my male costar,’ who I had billed another movie with. We were doing a sequel, we had done it together, why not? What was interesting about it was I had a studio that said all right. And I was like, ‘Oh? We just need to say this? We just need to not be so polite about it and say what we want?’”
  • Theron also discussed the #MeToo movement. “The amount of traction and the amount of women who are being empowered by other women to step forward and actually speak their truth, I know in my life I’ve never seen anything like that,” she said.
  • “I think success for us as women is going to come out of the support that we give each other, out of not stopping this moment.
  • In other news, the Academy Award winner was named honorary starter for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. She’ll wave the green flag at the season’s opener Sunday in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series