While the debate over equal pay in Hollywood continues, Benedict Cumberbatch is making it clear where he stands. In an interview with Radio Times, Cumberbatch said that he wouldn’t take on a role where his female co-star wasn't being paid the same rate. “Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” he said. “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it.’”

Cumberbatch also said he hopes that his production company, SunnyMarch, which he runs with Adam Ackland, will produce more films with women at the forefront. “I’m proud that Adam and I are the only men in our production company,” he said. “Our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. If it’s centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female!”
卷福希望自己和阿达姆·阿克兰德(Adam Ackland)一同运作的制作公司SunnyMarch也能拍出更多女性题材的电影,“我很自豪我和阿达姆是公司唯一的男性,接下来我们会拍一部女性电影,以女性视角讲述自然灾害时期有关母爱的故事。如果我当制作人能吸引到投资的话,这样的关注度对我们的女性电影项目也是好的。一半的观众都会是女同胞!”

Other men in Hollywood, including Michael B. Jordan, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck, have begun to tackle the issue of gender inequality in the industry. While accepting her Oscar for best actress this year, Frances McDormand used her speech to promote an oft-forgotten contract amendment, the inclusion rider, which allows actors to request at least 50 percent diversity for the cast and crew.