Entertainment
Alexander Pan
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 13:00

Emma Watson hits back at diva claims

EMMA WATSON

Whatever you do, do NOT call Emma Watson a diva.

When Emma Watson announced that she was hanging up her acting chops for a year to focus on herself and to promote feminism, we were stoked for her. Yes, we will miss seeing Emma on the screen, but it’s great that she’s putting all that Harry Potter fame to good use by raising awareness towards equality.

One of the things on Emma’s agenda is the issue of equal pay in Hollywood. Okay, Hollywood actors may be overpaid, but women are still underpaid compared to their male counterparts.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, Emma explained that she and her fellow actresses deserve to be paid the same as their male co-stars without the ‘diva’ label being thrown around.

“We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva.’ But there’s a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Call me a ‘diva,’ call me a ‘feminazi,’ call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist,’ call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure the right thing happens. Because it doesn’t just affect me."

“Whether you are a woman on a tea plantation in Kenya, or a stockbroker on Wall Street, or a Hollywood actress, no one is being paid equally.”

Having raised a number of fair points about the equal pay issue, Emma also shared some experiences of sexism despite her Hollywood A-list stature.

“I’ve had my ass slapped as I’ve left a room. I’ve felt scared walking home. I’ve had people following me. I don’t talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse.”

Ultimately, Emma has hope for equality in the future, but she knows that men must also play their part.

“There’s no point in me going, ‘You all have to go away from having read this article and decide that you are a feminist.’ That’s useless. The only thing that is going to make a difference is if men go away and speak to the women in their lives about what they are experiencing.”

From being the smartest witch in her year to changing the world one pay cheque at a time, we're looking forward to seeing what Emma does next.