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Sharon Stone on Hollywood wage gap: ‘After Basic Instinct, no one wanted to pay me’

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Following Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on gender pay inequality and the response it’s received from other celebrities (Bradley Cooper, Josh Hutcherson, Lena Dunham, and Jeremy Renner among them), Sharon Stone is sharing her thoughts on the issue in Hollywood and beyond.

“After Basic Instinct, no one wanted to pay me,” the actress told People on Friday at the FUNKSHION “Celebration of Hope” event in Miami. “I remember sitting in my kitchen with my manager and just crying and saying I’m not going to work until I get paid.” 

“I still got paid so much less than any men,” she added. 

Stone also said the issue exists beyond Hollywood, and change “has to start with regular pay, not just for movie stars, but regular pay for the regular woman in the regular job.” As a young working actress, she recalled to People, “I waited tables and scrubbed floors and everything else on the way up, and you must make the same, and it’s not cool that you don’t.”

Stone currently stars in and executive produces the new TNT series Agent X. For more from her interview, head over to People.