“Certainly, five years ago, I wouldn’t have felt like I was in a position to say, ‘I want the same as my male counterpart’,” she told The Daily Mirror. “Because I would have been worried about losing the job.”
“And then I would think, ‘I want to work and I want to pay my mortgage’,” Hawes added.
“But now, I do think businesses and corporations that we work for seem to be taking it very seriously. So yeah, it’s not so much of a fight anymore. It really does feel like there’s been a real sea change here. It feels different.
“And I feel more empowered when I go into a project.”
In BBC1’s Bodyguard, Hawes plays Julia Montague, the British Home Secretary, opposite Madden, who stars as a war veteran and Julia’s new bodyguard. The two actors both demanded the same pay as each other, according to Hawes.