Hollywood actresses on the gender pay gap in the industry
The pay equity dispute is a long-standing problem in a myriad of industries around the world. It’s hardly surprising how male and female artists are offered startlingly different salaries for being part of the same projects. While the subject continues to be an open secret, a host of Hollywood actresses have used their influence to voice their stance on the ordeal:
Bryce Dallas Howard
According to recent reports, Howard was paid 20% less than Chriss Patt in the film, jurassic world. She received an $8 million paycheck, while Patt received $10 million. In an interesting revelation, Howard claimed those numbers were bogus and she was paid far less than speculated.
In February, Stone opened up about the disparity in paychecks between co-star Michael Douglas and herself for the 1992 film. Primary instinct. 30 years later, Stone has revealed how Douglas got $14 million when she received a meager $500,000. In an effort to get revenge, the actress made sure she could keep her character’s costumes for herself.
Grey’s Anatomy is synonymous with Pompeo because she was the face of the show. But in 2019, the actress said Patrick Dempsey was getting almost double his salary. It was then in Season 3 that Pompeo renegotiated the terms and got a fair deal.
In August this year, Campbell alluded to the gender pay gap in one of her interviews for Cry 6. The Canadian actress said: “I didn’t think what I was being offered matched the value that I bring to this franchise and have brought to this franchise for 25 years. In my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling that – feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around it. As a woman in this profession, I think it is very important for us to be valued and to fight for it.
Foy tried out for the role of Queen Elizabeth on the show The crown. In 2018, she called the project an embarrassment. According to reports, Foy just went there and the budget per episode was $7 million. “I certainly won’t be naive about these things. It really opened my eyes to what I’m allowed to have an opinion on and what I’m allowed to defend myself on. And I think that really changed my approach to myself and to other women in this industry. It’s only a positive thing – even if it’s embarrassing,” she added.
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