Diane Kruger reveals becoming a mother has changed her approach to Hollywood's gender pay gap

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Diane Kruger has revealed how she has become more selective about acting roles now she's a mother. (Getty Images)
Diane Kruger has revealed how she has become more selective about acting roles now she's a mother. (Getty Images)

Diane Kruger has opened up about how becoming a mother has changed her approach to Hollywood's gender pay gap.

The actress, 45, revealed that she is now more selective about roles, and will swiftly turn down "disrespectful" monetary offers.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style magazine, she said: "If someone doesn’t want to pay a certain amount, or it feels like they’re being disrespectful about that, I just won’t do it.

"I don’t have the will to fight about those things."

Kruger – who rose to fame in 2004's Troy and also starred in 2009's Inglorious Basterds – shares a three-year-old daughter with her actor fiancé Norman Reedus, who she met in 2015.

Her 53-year-old other half, who is best known for starring in The Walking Dead, shares a 22-year-old son, Mingus, with the model Helena Christensen.

The star revealed that her mother, who helps her with childcare while she is working, is "the number one factor for me to feel like I can do this [job]”.

She is next appearing in series Swimming with Sharks, where her character is raped by the head of a film studio.

Kruger said: "We all now know those horrible people in my industry that are thankfully now in jail.”

She added: "This is not me working out old demons or trying to create clickbait for calling people out.

“I’ve certainly come across the Weinsteins of this world. I’ve never been raped. I’m not a victim. I’m here and thriving, but there have been horrible stories exposed.”

In 2017, the star called out how men and women are treated differently by Hollywood.

Speaking to Variety, Kruger said: “I’ve certainly [had] the experience that if I speak up and I don’t sugarcoat things, that people think, ‘Oh you’re harsh or you’re a b***h,’ and men would be treated as great artists and passionate about their work.

She added: “I’ve certainly never been paid as much as a male costar in the United States."

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