Amy Adams
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Amy Adams may have earned an Oscar nomination — her fifth one to be exact — for her role in 2013's American Hustle, but working on the film was no easy feat. In a recent interview with British GQ, the actress got candid about her difficult experience on the set of the film, and why she still decided to take the role, despite getting paid less than her male costars.

“I didn’t speak about it before," Adams told the magazine when addressing the initial wage controversy surrounding the movie that was sparked after costar Jennifer Lawrence penned a blog post about Hollywood’s gender gap back in October.

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“I disagreed with . . . not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating,” she said. Adams also admitted to knowing she was getting paid less for the film before the information was originally made public during the 2014 Sony Hack.

“The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women . . .” Adams said. “I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it.”

Despite the gender pay gap continuing to be a huge issue for working women in and out of Hollywood, Amy certainly reminds us that we all face tough career decisions on our way to the top, sometimes choosing less-than-ideal circumstances in the name of our career dreams.

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“So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you,” said Adams. “It doesn’t mean I liked it.”

Can you empathize with Amy Adams?

  • 0% Absolutely. She’s doing what it takes to follow her dreams. I would do the same.
  • 0% No way. I would never accept less money than I know I’m worth. Especially when men are getting paid more.