Neve Campbell opens up about being a woman in Hollywood

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Neve Campbell remembers the moment she knew things would be different for her in Hollywood because of her gender.

"I think I knew very early on when I realized I was being paid less than male counterparts on a television show when I worked longer than them on it," she told AOL at Variety's Power of Women luncheon on Friday. "I was really disappointed, but I was also told that that was just the way it was and to accept it, which was very disheartening."

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In her 27 years in the biz, from her breakout roles in "The Party of Five" and "Wild Things" to her current stint on "House of Cards," Campbell, 42, has learned to challenge the pay gap more, but admits the industry still has a long way to go.

"I challenge it a bit more, but it hasn't changed completely unfortunately. It still exists in the industry. We're still being paid less. At least there's a conversation happening around it now."

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The actress attended the luncheon honoring the advocacy and charitable efforts of Mariska Hargitay, Megyn Kelly, Misty Copeland, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o and Vera Wang on Friday, where she also dished on her "House of Cards" character.

Campbell joined season four of the hit Netflix show, which was released earlier this year, and plays Leann Harvey, a political aide and strategist who joins Claire Underwood's camp, shaking up the previously male-centric drama.

"Beau WIllimon and the writers on the show really focused on women this year and powerful women," she said. "There have been a lot of guest actresses, as well, who have been phenomenal. It's an honor to be a part of that idea. It's nice to be invited to play a powerful -- an unapologetically powerful -- woman."

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