The former child star-turned-filmmaker acknowledges that there is a wage imbalance in the movie industry, but instead of concerning herself about how many millions actresses are missing out on, she wants the focus to shift to the wider picture to zero in on how to help women all over the globe.

"In terms of pay, it's hard for me to get interested in millionaires worried about who gets paid more," she told Entertainment Weekly reporter Nicole Sperling during a recent SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast.

"I'm just so grateful to be an actor, and I know lots of actors feel that way, that it's hard for us to complain because we're artists, and unfortunately we're artists in a marketplace, and the marketplace pays what the marketplace demands, so we need to change the marketplace."

The Silence of the Lambs star continued, "These are conversations that we need to have in our culture. We need to have conversations about diversity all over the place, and inequality. Especially now, when the class inequality and financial inequality is larger than ever, and it really is the problem of our future. It's something that we all need to look at and think about how to solve."

Foster is the latest celebrity to offer up her thoughts on the Hollywood hot topic, after the Sony Pictures hacking scandal in 2014 revealed leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars on American Hustle.

Following the controversy, Lawrence penned a candid essay admitting she blamed herself for failing to demand a fair wage for her work on acclaimed comedy drama, while Charlize Theron decided to take action and demand to be paid the same amount as her Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth for the film's sequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War.

The wage revelation also prompted similar tales of pay troubles from stars including Sienna Miller, Sharon Stone and Sandra Bullock.