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Sandra Bullock Talks Gender Inequality in Hollywood

First Posted: Nov 13, 2015 02:15 PM EST
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Sandra Bullock recently opened up about the gender gap in Hollywood, recalling one of the "worst experiences" of her life on the set of a movie back in 2005.

"It's a bigger issue than money," Bullock told Variety for the magazine's cover on income disparity for women in Hollywood. "I know we're focused on the money part right now. That's just a byproduct."

The "Miss Congeniality" star said the greater issue is that women are treated poorly in the industry and no one stands up for them. Women are also looked at as simply "dolls."

Bullock said whenever she walks the red carpet, she always notices that reporters usually ask her about her hair and dress, while they ask men about their performances and political issues.

"Once we start shifting how we perceive women and stop thinking about them as 'less than,' the pay disparity will take care of itself," she said. "There's a much bigger issue at hand. I'm glad Hollywood got caught."

The actress also said she was used to being mistreated, finding solace in being able to work in a field that only 1 or 2 percent of people get a chance to try.

"Hollywood has always been at the forefront of pioneering a new road and a new movement," Bullock said. "There are a lot of outspoken, narcissistic actors like myself who are very happy to talk about the issue and keep it alive."

Meanwhile, Bullock is currently starring in "Our Brand is Crisis," which hit theaters on Oct. 30.

"A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate," the movie's description reads on IMDb.

Hollywood continues to inspire trail blazers. This year, Viola Davis was named the first black woman to win an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama. Still, Hollywood has a long way to go.

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