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Actress Natalie Portman attends the photocall for the movie "Jackie" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Wage disparity

Natalie Portman says Ashton Kutcher earned 3 times more than her for ‘No Strings Attached’

January 11, 2017

Natalie Portion earned a fraction of the salary that Ashton Kutcher was paid for No Strings Attached, the actor said in an interview with Marie Claire’s UK edition.

“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she explained. “Your quote is the highest you’ve ever been paid. His quote was three times higher than mine so they said he should get paid three times more.”

No Strings Attached is a romantic comedy that was released in 2011—the same year that Portman won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Black Swan. Both Portman and Kutcher occupy leading roles in the movie, but Portman said she was not particularly inclined to ask for equal pay.

“I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been!” she said. “I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain. But the disparity is crazy.”

With this interview, Portman joins a league of prominent women who have spoken out against wage discrimination in Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence, Patricia Arquette, and Meryl Streep are among several prominent actors who have advocated for equal pay.

Read more at Marie Claire and the The Huffington Post.



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