Emma Stone says male costars have taken pay cuts so she could get equal pay

Emma Stone has opened up about the challenges she's gone through to be paid the same wage as her male costars in movies.

In a revealing interview for Out Magazine — with her costar in her upcoming movie "Battle of the Sexes," Andrea Riseborough, and the tennis icon Stone is playing in the movie, Billie Jean King — the Oscar winner opened up about how some of her male costars have helped her in regards to the pay gap.

"In my career so far, I've needed my male costars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them," Stone said. "And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair. That's something that's also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, 'That's what's fair.'"

In Hollywood, successful actors have a quote, which is the amount of money they often will want to be paid per movie, based on the level of past movies they've work on, the size of those roles they've taken, and the box office those movies have made.

Stone admits her quote hasn't been on par with the male actors she's worked across in her career. But, that can change if the male star doesn't ask for their quote.

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20. Harrison Ford = $15,000,00

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19. Matthew McConaughey = $18,000,000 

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18. Amitabh Bachchan = $20,000,000

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17. Will Smith = $20,500,000

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16. Chris Pratt = $26,000,000

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15. Leonardo Dicaprio = $27,000,000

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14. Salman Kahn = $28,500,000

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13. Mark Wahlberg = $30,000,000

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12. Adam Sandler = $30,000,000

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11. Brad Pitt = $31,500,000

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

9. Robert Downey Jr = $33,000,000

(REUTERS/Toby Melville)

8. Shah Rukh Khan = $33,000,000

(REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

7. Vin Diesel = $35,000,000

(REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

6. Ben Affleck = $43,000,000

(REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

5. Johnny Depp = $48,000,000

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4. Tom Cruise = $53,000,000

(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

3. Matt Damon = $55,000,000

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2. Jackie Chan = $61,000,000

(REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo)

1. Dwayne Johnson = $64,500,00

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"If my male costar, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life," Stone said.

Women have been paid less than men in Hollywood since the moving picture was invented, but it became a public conversation in 2015 after Jennifer Lawrence wrote an open letter about her personal frustration, after learning she was paid less than her male costars for the 2013 movie, "American Hustle."

Since then, actresses have become more vocal in the need for equal pay. Last November, Jessica Chastain told Business Insider women in all businesses need to be more aggressive when it comes to their pay, and that people need to welcome it.

"We need to reevaluate women who ask for a pay raise or ask for a promotion. It's actually an okay thing," Chastain said. "It's okay to be ambitious, it's okay to be over-prepared."

Stone, who plays King in the movie during her famous tennis match against Bobby Riggs, said in the Out interview that "at our best right now we're making 80 cents to the dollar," comparing actresses' pay to male stars.

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May 2016

Emma attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala, wearing Prada.

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August 2016

Emma Stone attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's grants banquet in a bright blue dress.

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August 2016
Director Damien Chazelle and actress Emma Stone attend a photocall for 'La La Land' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at on August 31, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Venice Movie Star Lounge is sponsored by Montbel, Jaguar, Franciacorta, Moody, Segafredo Zanetti, Bevilacqua Pizzinato, Diamond ICE Vodka, Birrificio Otus, Diffitalia Group
August 2016
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been desaturated.) Emma Stone attends the opening ceremony and premiere of 'La La Land' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on August 31, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
August 2016
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Emma Stone attends a photocall for 'La La Land' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on August 31, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
September 2016
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Emma Stone at the 'La La Land' Press Conference at the Danieli Hotel on September 1, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
September 2016
TELLURIDE, CO - SEPTEMBER 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Emma Stone attends the Telluride Film Festival 2016 on September 2, 2016 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
September 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Emma Stone attends Hollywood Unites For The 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program Of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
September 2016
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Emma Stone attends the 'Katie Says Goodbye' TIFF Party hosted by CIROC and Grolsch at Storys Building on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
September 2016
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Emma Stone attends the premiere of 'La La Land' during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
October 2016
MILL VALLEY, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress Emma Stone arrives to the opening night and special screenings reception for the films 'La La Land' and 'Arrival' during the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival at The Outdoor Art Club on October 6, 2016 in Mill Valley, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
October 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Actress Emma Stone arrives to The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honors Bill Murray event at The Kennedy Center on October 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
October 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Emma Stone at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show and Tea presented by kate spade new york at Chateau Marmont on October 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for CFDA/Vogue )
November 2016
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 02: Emma Stone, wearing a dress by Chanel, attends the red carpet premiere of 'La La Land' at the 39th Denver Film Festival at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House on November 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)
November 2016
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebrate the 2017 Golden Globe Award Season at Catch LA on November 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
November 2016
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 8th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
November 2016
Actress Emma Stone attends the 'La La Land' Gala Screening at AFI Fest 2016, November 15, 2016 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
November 2016
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Emma Stone arrives at Variety and WWD 2nd Annual StyleMakers Awards at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
November 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Bulleit presents a Special Screening of Lionsgate's LA LA LAND with Emma Stone on November 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Lionsgate)
November 2016
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Emma Stone is seen outside Good Morning America on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
December 2016

Emma visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' wearing a Giorgio Armani suit.

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December 2016
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emma Stone' Episode 1712 -- Pictured: Host Emma Stone during the monologue on December 3, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
December 2016
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 06: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'La La Land' at Mann Village Theatre on December 6, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
December 2016

Director Damien Chazelle joins Emma and Ryan Gosling at a ceremony to commemorate their hands and footprints in Hollywood, California, Emma wearing a dress by Rochas.

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December 2016

Emma arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast, wearing Giambattista Valli.

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December 2016
Emma attends the SF Film Society screening of 'La La Land' wearing Preen. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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