Eddie Redmayne Says Change Is Needed for Gender Equality in Hollywood

At the world premiere of his new film, Early Man, last week, actor Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts) showed his support for gender equality when asked about the highly publicized pay gap between actress Michelle Williams and actor Mark Wahlberg for reshoots on one of their upcoming projects.

Singapore’s the New Paper reported on the news and quoted Redmayne as saying that the fight for gender equality in Hollywood “has been a long time coming.”

It is incredibly important, and I think that it has been a long time coming. I think the fact that last year, three of the top films were female-led films is showing there is change, but there is a huge amount of change needed yet. It is sort of systemic, I think.

Redmayne isn’t the only Fantastic Beasts actor to show support for women’s equality in Hollywood lately. Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) tweeted out her support for the other women at the Golden Globe Awards. (Many attendees wore black to the Golden Globes this year as a protest against sexual harassment.)

Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) also tweeted his support for both Oprah Winfrey and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig’s film Lady Bird won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

What do you think of Eddie Redmayne’s statement? Do you agree that more change is needed in Hollywood before we see gender equality?