- The gender pay gap is just as present in Hollywood as it is in less glamorous careers.
- According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid actresses earn less than 30 cents for ever dollar earned by their male counterparts.
- Here are 11 specific examples that highlight the disparity.
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While many actors certainly lead glamorous lives, TV and movie sets face many of the same challenges as other workplaces, including bias and inequality.
Hollywood’s problem with pay disparity, for example, has received more and more attention over the last few years. The gender pay gap is a systemic, worldwide injustice, and Hollywood is no exception.
According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid actresses in 2018 earned less than 30 cents for ever dollar earned by their male counterparts. These actresses brought in a combined salary of $US186 million, while the 10 highest-paid men earned $US748.5 million.
Here are 11 specific examples of this disparity.
2018’s highest-paid actress, Scarlett Johansson, made $US198.5 million less than the highest-paid actor, George Clooney.
Johansson, whose income was topped only by six male actors, was the only actress who earned as much as the men in the top 10.
Michelle Williams was paid eight times less than Mark Wahlberg for “All the Money in the World” — and 1,500 times less for reshoots.
After backlash, Wahlberg donated his earnings from the reshoots to the Time’s Up campaign.
Diane Keaton didn’t receive back-end pay for “Something’s Gotta Give,” while Jack Nicholson did.
In her 2011 memoir “Then Again,” Diane Keaton revealed that she didn’t get any back-end pay for “Something’s Gotta Give,” meaning she wasn’t paid any percentage of the movie’s profits after receiving her initial salary.
Her co-star, Jack Nicholson, did – and he had a smaller role in the 2003 comedy.
Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence received 2% less than their male “American Hustle” costars.
The Sony Pictures email hack in 2014 revealed the back-end pay grade for the stars of “American Hustle.” And despite sharing the same amount of screen time, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid 7% of the movie’s profits, while Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner each received 9%.
Adams later said she knew about the disparity, but didn’t want to complain.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” Lawrence later wrote in an open letter. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”
Jessica Chastain was paid about $US1.75 million for “The Martian,” while Matt Damon reportedly earned as much as $US25 million.
Jessica Chastain told Huffpost that she made less than a quarter of her widely reported salary for “The Martian.”
“And so people are already saying, ‘Well, she’s making a lot less than her male co-stars because she’s making this.’ I made less than a quarter of that in reality, so there is a huge wage gap in the industry,” she said.
According to The Playlist, that puts her actual salary at approximately $US1.75 million.
Chastain’s c-ostar Matt Damon reportedly made anywhere from $US15 to $US25 million – a pay discrepancy that doesn’t match their screen time discrepancy.
Gillian Anderson was offered “half” of what her co-star, David Duchovny, was offered to return to “The X-Files.”
Anderson told the Hollywood Reporter that “as usual,” she was offered half of Duchovny’s salary for the “X-Files” revival.
According to industry sources, Anderson eventually was paid the same amount as Duchovny for the six-episode run – but considering she fought for equal pay during the show’s initial run, Anderson was hardly pleased she had to renegotiate at all.
“People have said to me, ‘I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane,'” she told Vanity Fair, referring to the initial equal pay dispute. “And my response always was, ‘That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it.”
Charlize Theron was offered far less than Chris Hemsworth to return for the “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel.
She managed renegotiate her salary to match Hemsworth’s.
“I have to give them credit because once I asked, they said yes,” she told Elle. “They did not fight it. And maybe that’s the message: That we just need to put our foot down. This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.”
Amanda Seyfried has received just 10% of what her male co-star was paid.
In a 2015 interview with The Sunday Times, Amanda Seyfried revealed that she had been paid just 10% of the salary of her male co-star for a big-budget movie. She clarified that she and her co-star were “even in status.”
Seyfried typically stars in rom-coms, which means she nearly always has equal screen time as her male counterparts – and sometimes more.
Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for their roles on “The Crown,” as Queen Elizabeth II and the queen’s husband, respectively.
Producers of Netflix’s hit show “The Crown” infamously confirmed that Claire Foy, who played the titular queen, was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip on the show’s first two seasons.
“I’m not surprised that people saw [the report] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd,'” Foy told Entertainment Weekly. “But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Ashton Kutcher was paid three times more than Natalie Portman for “No Strings Attached.”
In a 2017 interview with Marie Claire, Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid just a fraction of Ashton Kutcher’s salary for their rom-com “No Strings Attached,” in which they both play lead roles and share a majority of scenes.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she explained. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”
“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” she continued. “In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
Ellen Pompeo, the titular role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” was paid less than Patrick Dempsey, who played her love interest.
Though Ellen Pompeo is now one of the highest-earning actors on TV, thanks to a renewed “Grey’s Anatomy” contract in late 2017, she was once paid less than her co-star Patrick Dempsey – on a show named after her character.
“At one point, I asked for $US5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me,” Pompeo told The Hollywood Reporter.
“And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the No. 1,” she continued. “I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.'”
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