Pay equity

Robin Wright fought to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey on “House of Cards”

Actress Robin Wright arrives for the opening night of the Women in the World summit in New York April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX19W3U

In a conversation at the Rockefeller Foundation, Robin Wright revealed that she demanded to be paid the same salary as her co-star and fictional husband Kevin Spacey for her role in the Netflix series House of Cards. “I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,’” the 50-year old actress who portrays Claire Underwood, wife of fictional President Frank Underwood in the series, said. Spacey was reportedly making around $500,000 per episode. Meanwhile, Wright was only cashing in $420,000 an episode.

“I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,” she told Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Wright is one of many Hollywood actresses who has become more outspoken on the issue of pay equality. The discussion touched on a range of topics and Wright also discussed how having children (with her ex-husband Sean Penn) negatively influenced her career. “Because I wasn’t working full time, I wasn’t building my salary bracket,” Wright said. “If you don’t build salary bracket with notoriety and presence, you’re not in the game anymore. You become a B-list actor,” she said, adding, “You’re not box office material. You don’t hold the value you would have held if you had done four movies a year like Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett did during the time I was raising my kids. Now I’m kind of on a comeback at 50 years old.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post


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