Taraji P. Henson and Amy Adams want to continue the conversation on the gender pay gap.

The 'Empire' star feels it is important for actresses to speak up about how they are affected by the difference in wages paid to men and women.

Taraji said: ''Have we seen enough representation of African-American stories? No.

''But has Hollywood been horrible to me? No. I've worked. Did I get paid what I deserve? That is the question we should be talking about.''

Whilst Amy added: ''Who you should be asking is the producer. 'Do you think minorities are underrepresented? Do you think women are underpaid?'

''We are always put on the chopping block to put our opinion out there, and that question is never asked. I'm like, 'Why don't you ask them and then have their statements be the headlines in the press?' I don't want to be a headline anymore about pay equality.''

However, the 46-year-old actress - who has 12-year-old Marcel from a previous relationship - isn't going to ''wallow'' about the situation she is in and just continue to work hard.

Speaking at a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Taraji shared: ''I can't take that on because I have worked and I've seen my career do this. So I never wallow in the muck and say, 'Oh, it's hard.' That's a given.

''So I'm not going to make it an issue. I'm going to work my ass off and hopefully the work that I'm doing will change things, will make it better for the next one coming behind me.''