Cannes: Salma Hayek says change has 'already happened'

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Instagram Salma Hayek shared a series of photos in which she is depicted in this luxurious gown.

It will require not only fearless salary negotiation, but also, perhaps, some male actors' giving up a portion of their inflated salaries to be able to pay women salaries that are on par with theirs, she said. "It is actors too".

Speaking to Variety magazine at the Women In Motion panel at Cannes Film Festival, she said: "The good is that there's so many". Hayek explained this in terms of simple arithmetic: "If the movie's budget is $10m, the [male] actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7 million, it is going to be hard for equality". "Otherwise they will kill the movie".

"I will be hated for saying this", Hayek joked. "I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so hard, and why so many of us have waited so long", she wrote.

Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December.

The actress and producer, who says she has sold a raft of female-led projects "that I had been trying to make for 10 years" since the Weinstein scandal shook up Hollywood, said real change was happening.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". "It was a strategy by the lawyers because we are the easiest to get discredited".

Hayek urged women to shift their focus from advocacy to action.

"We should have been angrier soon".

"We should have come together, because that's what's made a difference".

Salma Hayek has said that the reason Harvey Weinstein denied her and Lupita Nyong'o's sexual harassment claims is because they're women of colour. It is a proven fact unfortunately. "That's where we need to be more aggressive".

Hayek said that although achieving equality would take time, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have created a serious long-lasting avenue for change. But she feels, "It's a very exciting time for men now. Men have the opportunity, which is so attractive, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.

"A lot of lovely peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men who think that the identity of a man has to do with violence", the actress added.

According to Hayek, however, it is not just women who have suffered as a outcome of powerful men abusing their positions.

Hayek - who has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements - then called "time's up" on the entertainment industry's wage gap.

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