There's been a lot of talk about unequal pay between women and men in Hollywood, and lately it seems paying women a lot less than their male peers in the industry is still prevalent. It was recently revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams made significantly less profits on their film American Hustle than their male co-stars, reportedly prompting J. Law to ask for a pay bump on her upcoming feature Passengers. Now, Amanda Seyfried is speaking out about a time when she was paid considerably less than a male co-star - even though they were on the "same level" of star power.
The Mean Girls actress discussed her lower salary on an unnamed film in an interview with The Sunday Times, stating:
In a way, Amanda is right - I think that many people in Hollywood are paid less than others because they don't chase after higher salaries. At the same time, we have to ask why studios are okay with settling for such a significantly lower paycheck for their actresses. Why are the powers that be in Hollywood so okay with paying men big bucks, but are seemingly stingy when it comes to the women who also bring in people to see the film?
A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10 percent of what my male co-star was getting, and we were pretty even in status... I think people think that just because I'm easy-going and game to do things I'll just take as little as they offer.
There's no easy answer, but one way to combat this pay gap in Hollywood is to have big name actresses demand that they are paid on-par with their male co-stars. If a name is driving in numbers at the box office, it shouldn't matter if that person is a woman or a man. Women need to prove to Hollywood that they know their worth - the more women who demand equality, the sooner Hollywood will start taking note.