Long way to go in closing the gender pay gap: Emma Stone

Washington: Emma Stone, who has been garnering praises for her performance in ‘Battle of the Sexes’, feels that there is still a ”long way to go” in closing the gender pay gap.

The 28-year-old actress portrays the U.S. sporting legend, Billie Jean King, in the upcoming biopic, which looks at the sporting ace’s famous 1973 showdown with male player Bobby Riggs – played by Steve Carell.

While talking at a film screening at London Film Festival, Stone said, “Something Billie Jean talks about is she’d get a lot of people coming up to her and saying, ‘Billie Jean, I watched the Battle of the Sexes – the original match in 73 – and I went to work the next day and asked for a raise.’ ‘Did you get it?'”

“And they’re like, ‘Yeah because I asked for it, but you empowered me to ask for it.’ She can speak more about that than I can, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Stone recently topped the Forbes list of highest paid movie actresses of 2017 with USD 26 million, which was USD 42 million lower than Mark Wahlberg, who topped the highest paid movie actors list.

The Oscar-winning actress also shared that she was privileged to get a chance to dig into the psyche of such an “inspirational” figure.

“She’s such an inspirational figure and getting to dig into her psyche at age 29 and how she’s shifted and grown over her life was an amazing thing to do, it was a very lucky thing,” noted Stone.

Recently, the ‘La La Land’ star revealed that she has been under therapy since the age of seven.

She said, “I was a very, very, very anxious child, and I had a lot of panic attacks. I benefitted in a big way from therapy. I started at 7.”

Her upcoming movie with Steve Carell, ‘Battle of the Sexes’, will hit U.K. cinemas on November 24.