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Scarlett Johansson feels 'icky' about Hollywood's equal pay dispute

Published 07/04/2016

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

The actress also expresses her disbelief at U.S. politicians' efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

Scarlett Johansson feels "obnoxious" criticising Hollywood's gender pay gap because she is "fortunate" enough to command the same wage as her male counterparts.

The Avengers beauty touches on the hot topic in a new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, admitting that as Forbes magazine's second highest-paid actress in film in 2015, she is hesitant to weigh in with her own personal experiences in the industry.

"There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Scarlett explained. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage."

The 31-year-old's comments emerge amid reports suggesting she received a bigger salary for her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, for the Avengers than her male co-stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye).

However, Scarlett, whose net worth worth is estimated at $55 million (£39 million), insists that doesn't mean she isn't open to discussing the wage discrepancy as part of a wider issue.

"I think every woman has (been underpaid), but unless I'm addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious," she added. "It's part of a larger conversation about feminism in general."

Scarlett also made her stance on Planned Parenthood clear in the far-reaching magazine interview, insisting conservative politicians in the U.S. are taking the country "backward" by trying to defund the non-profit organisation, which provides free reproductive health services.

"There are countries at war, there's terrorism, global warming, and we're like, 'We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let's take away the availability of women's health initiatives...!' It's nuts," she fumed.

The actress goes on to reveal she made full use of Planned Parenthood as a youth and insists the services the company offers are vital for young women.

"All my girlfriends did (go to Planned Parenthood facilities) - not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams," she continued. "You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what? We're moving backward when we're supposed to be moving forward."

Scarlett, who welcomed her first child, daughter Rose Dorothy, in 2014, isn't the only A-list star to voice her support for Planned Parenthood. Jennifer Lawrence, who grew up in a religious household, recently told Glamour magazine she will always be thankful for the birth control she received as a teenager.

"My mom was really religious with me when I was young," The Hunger Games star, 25, told the publication in January (16). "She's not so much anymore. And I wouldn't have been able to get birth control if it weren't for Planned P. I wouldn't have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house."

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