Salma Hayek: Male actors may need to take pay cuts

Salma Hayek attends the premiere of Girls Of The Sun at the Cannes Film Festival

Salma Hayek says actors must take pay cuts if they're serious about gender equality.

"I will be hated for saying this", Hayek joked. The actress-producer said she has sold four TV shows about women this year. "I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

"Maybe you don't see the difference in the numbers, but it just happened this year", Hayek said.

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".

Hayek, a prominent leader in Hollywood's Time's Up movement, was among 82 women - symbolizing the mere 82 female-directed films to have screened at Cannes, compared to 1,866 films directed by men - who protested the festival's gender inequality the previous day.

"We couldn't have done it without a few good men, like my husband", she said, adding that it was "so sexy and unnerving when he comes up with ideas that I should have".

Hayek wrote an essay in The New York Times in December that accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the making of the film "Frida".

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Weinstein and his team of publicists rarely responded to allegations from individual women in the news, providing general statements and denials to the press.

The 51 year old said the protest, against female underrepresentation at Cannes and beyond, had been "very a woman [who] has had to go through all the struggles that all women have to go through".

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified".

Hayek said it was hard to hire known female writers and directors in the United States now, as studios are snapping them up trying to catch up with the public mood.

Weinstein's lawyers denied the claims made by Hayek, stating: "All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired".

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

"I think it's an invitation for us to think differently and to act differently", she said.

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