George Clooney is weighing in on the increased discussion in Hollywood of a pay disparity between men and women, calling that conversation, “probably the only good thing that came out of the Sony hack.”
Clooney, who spoke at length in defense of the studio shortly after leaked emails from Sony executives began surfacing at the end of last year, condemned the cyberattack in a conversation on BBC Radio 4, calling it “an abomination.”
But he indicated he was glad that leaked emails like those revealing that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male American Hustle co-stars for their work in the film has led to discussion about gender inequality.
“One good thing that’s come out of [the Sony hack] is the conversation in very liberal Hollywood that women aren’t being paid the same and … there’s something like 15 female directors in a town of directors,” Clooney said. “I think it’s a very good conversation that they’re starting to have.”
Clooney’s fellow summer movie star Charlize Theron also referenced the American Hustle revelations in a recent interview.
The Tomorrowland star’s comments came in response to a question about the film having a number of smart, strong women.
“I love that idea,” he said, noting that his production company Smokehouse has a number of female executives.
Clooney shared his views on aging, saying that he’s accepted the idea that he’s getting older and encouraged other actors to do the same.
“I think for all of us you have to come to terms with getting older and not trying to fight it,” he said. “You have to get used to the idea that your roles in films and who you are and how you’re perceived is going to change and that’ll disappoint people at times … I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger, you just have to look the best you can at the age you are.”
He also praised host Jenni Murray for how she asked him the question he’s been posed during many appearances to promote this film: Does he want to have kids?
“This is, I have to say, maybe the best version of getting to that question that I’ve had,” Clooney said. “I’ve also had, ‘There’s a kid who plays you as a small child in the film, when would you like to have a small child like that in the film? And I’ve had, ‘This is a film that plays to kids, if you had a child, would he come see the film?’ ”
Listen to Clooney’s interview with Murray below.