Emma Stone has been on the receiving end of Hollywood sexism—revealing, among other things, that directors have stolen her jokes and given them to her male co-stars. The 28-year-old star of awards season contender La La Land discussed that and more in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
“There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea,” Stone told the magazine. “I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male costar. Given my joke away.”
Stone said she’s also repeatedly spoken up when she thought a line doesn’t work, was told to say it, and then saw that line cut out of the final product. Those wanting specifics are out of luck because Stone didn’t name names, so you’ll just have to look at her IMDB credits—including Birdman, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Easy A—and guess which movie(s) she could be referring to.
Stone is one of many A-listers to speak out about Hollywood sexism, including the wage gap. In an interview for Vogue’s November issue Stone said, "We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly.”
Other stars to speak out about the wage gap include Jennifer Lawrence, who penned an essay about it, and Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, who recently revealed she was offered five percent of her male co-star’s pay after winning her second Academy Award.