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Actress Keira Knightly has slammed Hollywood’s gender pay inequality as one of the main reasons she’s turned down certain film roles in the past.

The Collateral Beauty star told Grazia Magazine the divide – which continues to separate the earning power of male and female stars was ‘ridiculous’ – and it was time for change.

‘The Hollywood pay gap is ridiculous and we have to do something about it,’ she said.

‘I’ve turned down jobs many times because of it. It’s s**t.’

The comments echo those of actress Mila Kunis, who earlier this month reflected on moments across her career when she’d been ‘insulted’, ‘sidelined’, ‘paid less’ and ‘creatively ignored’ because of her gender.

‘I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boys’ club,’ she said.

‘But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realised that it’s [rubbish].‘And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen.’

Sadly, the gender pay gap for female actors has been an ongoing issue.

Last year, Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence admitted her desire to be ‘liked’ and ‘not p**s anyone off’ had previously stopped her from negotiating higher fees for roles.

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