- Michelle Williams spoke out about the pay disparity between her and former co-star Mark Wahlberg.
- He was paid $US1.5 million for reshoots on “All the Money in the World” while she only made $US1,000.
- Williams spoke about the pay gap with members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus on Tuesday.
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Michelle Williams opened up about how she felt after discovering the pay disparity between her and former co-star Mark Wahlberg during reshoots for “All the Money in the World.”
The 38-year-old actress said she was “paralysed in feelings of futility” when it was revealed Wahlberg earned $US1.5 million for reshoots, while she only earned $US1,000. The four-time Oscar nominee spoke about closing the pay gap and advocated for the Paycheck Fairness Act on Capitol Hill Tuesday where she joined members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus for Equal Pay Day.
“There won’t be satisfaction for me until I can exhaust my efforts ensuring that all women experience the elevation of their self-worth and its connection to the elevation of their market worth,” Williams said.
She said that when the news broke, “no one cared.”
“This came as no surprise to me, it simply reinforced my life-learned belief that equality is not an inalienable right and that women would always be working just as hard for less money while shouldering more responsibility at home,” she said.
The actress said no action took place until actress Jessica Chastain tweeted about the pay disparity. Six weeks after the Washington Post first broke the story, Chastain asked for Williams’ permission to tweet and was given the go-ahead.
“I heard for the reshoot she got $US80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify?” Chastain wrote. “I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film.”
I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film. https://t.co/VzGA2ucAjV
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 9, 2018
“Jessica’s audience was much wider than mine and she wasn’t afraid to pick up a megaphone and be heard,” Williams said. “Heard she was, there was an uproar and a public shaming within my industry that resulted in a $US2 million donation to the Time’s Up Defence Fund.”
The movie required 10 days of reshoots after Kevin Spacey, the movie’s original star, was replaced by Christopher Plummer.
Williams says her experiences in Hollywood have already changed since she’s been fighting to close the gender pay gap.
“I could tell my workplace was shifting,” she said. “Rather than being grasped too tightly or hugged for too long as a morning greeting, my hand was shaken and I was looked squarely in the eye and I was welcomed to my Monday morning. On the job I just completed two weeks ago, I have to tell you, I was paid equally with my male co-star.”
A representative for Wahlberg didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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