Australian actress Rose Byrne was quick to shut down an interview question about the wage-gap in Hollywood, giving a "surprisingly reluctant" response when asked about the issue.
ES Magazine reports that Byrne did not want to answer, when asked about the ‘Hollywood hot potato’ of female actors being paid less than their male co-stars. However, she did answer the question in her own way, throwing the responsibility back onto those in charge of the funds.
"My decisions around what I do, why I do it, financially, are personal," she said. "And I think those questions are really for the producers — why are you paying women less? I feel like actresses often get lumped with these questions, and it’s like, sure, there’s disparity, but you should ask the people in power — they’re the ones who have the responsibility and the power to change stuff."
Despite her supposed "reluctance" to speak about it, Rose has been active in working to promote and create female-driven films.
In 2015, alongside a group of other Australians in the industry, she set up The Dollhouse, a production company with a focus on making films, TV shows and plays about women, by women, for women.
"The only films that the studios are making are about robots and cars; it’s all The Fate of the Furious. And the film industry is a broken system — most films fail," she continued in her ES interview. "You can have a film packed with every A-lister under the sun, and it can still not work."