Tiffany Haddish Isn't Afraid To Speak Up When It Comes To Pay Equality

"I'm gonna ask for the guy fee on this one."

Actress Tiffany Haddish isn't afraid to talk about money. In a new interview with Variety, she admits that she wishes she had received a check with her recent Emmy award for hosting Saturday Night Live, saying she wants to take care of her family. "I don't think anybody's obligated to give me anything," she said. "I only think I deserve what I work for and that's that."

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It's this mentality that emboldens her to speak up when it comes to getting paid the same as her male colleagues, whether it's on a movie set or at a comedy club. Haddish believes women are often held back by the expectation that they shouldn't talk openly about such issues.

"I think the reason why, a lot times, we don't get paid the same as men do is because we don't talk about it," she said. "I think we do need to talk about it because I sure get in there and I'm like, 'Hey, Kate Hudson. How much do they pay you for that? What kind of perks do you get for that?' "

"I ask around," Haddish said of her technique. "I've made friends with line producers that cut those checks, production managers, so I can be like, 'So, on average, how much does a girl get paid for? How much does a guy get paid?' OK, I'm gonna ask for the guy fee on this one."

As HuffPost points out, the issue of equal pay in Hollywood is well-known. One need only look at last year's Forbes list of highest-paid actors and actresses. The top man, Mark Wahlberg, made more than $40 million more than the top woman, Emma Stone.

Things are even more difficult for women of color. As Octavia Spencer explained earlier this year, she worked together with co-star Jessica Chastain to ensure they got paid equally. This kind of solidarity is also important for male actors. Benedict Cumberbatch, for instance, said in May of this year that he will only accept roles if his female co-stars receive equal pay.

"You know what they say? 'A closed mouth don't get fed,' " Haddish said. "And a lot of times we don't open our mouths because we don't even really know what we're supposed to get. So, that's why I do the research."

Cover image: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

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