Carey Mulligan Praises Bradley Cooper's Promise to Help End Gender Wage Gap

Actress stars in new movie about fight for the women's right to vote in Great Britain

By Marc Malkin Oct 21, 2015 10:10 PMTags
Watch: Carey Mulligan Talks Bradley Cooper's Paycheck Reveal

Carey Mulligan is looking to Bradley Cooper to inspire more men in Hollywood to help close the gender wage gap.

As we all know by now, the Burnt star has publicly pledged to reveal his salary to female co-stars to make sure they are getting paid fairly.

"I hope so," Mulligan said last night at the premiere of her new film Suffragette when I asked if she hopes more men agree to show their paychecks. "I only found out about that today and that's fantastic."

Suffragette (in New York and Los Angeles theaters on Oct. 23) tells the real-life story behind the fight for the women's vote to right in Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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"I think there's been a lot of conversations around women's rights in general so this film seems to be coming out as that conversation is going on," Mulligan said. "I know lots of actors have been speaking out about the pay gap in Hollywood, but Emma Watson has been speaking out with the U.N. and Angelina Jolie has done a lot of work with victims of sexual violence so I think the conversation is so ripe for the moment for women's rights and feminism that is does seem serendipitous that our film is coming out in the middle of it."

The night before the premiere, Mulligan was presented with an Elle Women in Hollywood award by her Suffragette co-star Meryl Streep.
The acting legend said she was "in awe" of Mulligans acting talents.

"[That was] indescribable," said Mulligan, who was brought to tears by Streep's praise. "It was really emotional. It was amazing. She said such kind words. She's been my idol since I was a little girl so it's just surreal."

Mulligan admitted at Elle that the last couple of weeks have been "stressful" because she's balancing being a new mom to five-week-old daughter Evelyn and promoting the movie.

When I asked how tough it's been, Mulligan said, "Oh, yeah! I'm being held together but it's happening."