‘Keep the Fight Alive’: Barbie Star Margot Robbie Calls for Equal Pay in Film at AACTA Awards

Hollywood star Margot Robbie has called for equal pay in film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The Barbie actor returned to her hometown for the prestigious ceremony to accept the AACTA Trailblazer Award on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

When asked about closing the gender pay gap, the Oscar nominee called on more men to join the fight and support women.

Margot Robbie at the 2024 AACTA Awards in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Artem/BACKCOVERNEWS.COM
Margot Robbie at the 2024 AACTA Awards in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Artem/BACKCOVERNEWS.COM

“I think [it’s going to take] a lot of things and I think it’s really about keeping that fight alive and just not letting it be the ladies’ problem,” she said on the red carpet.

“It’s something we should all do together. The more men work at this, the sooner this is not going to be a problem anymore.”

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Previous recipients of the AACTA Trailblazer Award include Chris Hemsworth, Rose Byrne and Isla Fisher.

When asked what advice she would give to her younger self, the former Neighbours star said, “Don’t worry, it’s all going to work out great – that’s what I would say.”

Margot Robbie poses with fans at the AACTA Awards. Credit: Artem/BackCoverNews.com
Margot poses with fans at the AACTA Awards. Credit: Artem/BackCoverNews.com

Robbie’s hit film Barbie emerged as a cinematic phenomenon in 2023, smashing box office records worldwide with a staggering revenue surpassing the billion-dollar milestone.

Notably, it marked a historic moment as the first film exclusively helmed by a female director to achieve such a monumental feat.

The movie’s unprecedented success not only underscored its undeniable popularity but also highlighted the groundbreaking strides made by women in the film industry.

As audiences flocked to theaters, captivated by the reimagination of the iconic Barbie character, the film’s remarkable financial triumph solidified its status as a cultural phenomenon.

Margot with former Home and Away actor Lincoln Lewis. Credit: Artem/BackCoverNews.com
Margot with former Home and Away actor Lincoln Lewis. Credit: Artem/BackCoverNews.com

Barbie scored an impressive eight Oscar nods including best picture, best supporting actor for Ryan Gosling, best supporting actress for America Ferrera, costume design, production design, original song and best adapted screenplay.

In a landscape often dominated by male-directed blockbusters, Barbie shattered barriers and carved out a place of prominence, signaling a significant shift towards greater inclusivity and representation in cinema.

With a string of critically acclaimed roles to her name, including standout performances in The Wolf of Wall Street, I, Tonya, and Bombshell, Robbie has cemented her status as one of Hollywood’s brightest talents. However, despite her undeniable talent and box office draw, Robbie has not been immune to the systemic inequities that persist in the film industry.

In an industry where silence often reigns supreme, Robbie’s decision to speak out against pay inequality sends a powerful message. By leveraging her platform and influence, Robbie is challenging the status quo and demanding accountability from industry stakeholders.

Her willingness to confront uncomfortable truths and advocate for tangible change underscores her commitment to fostering a more equitable and inclusive film industry.

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