JESSICA CHAS­TAIN DE­MANDS PAY PAR­ITY

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Ac­tor Jessica Chas­tain (right) says be­fore ac­cept­ing any role in a movie she al­ways in­quires about the amount her male coun­ter­part is get­ting paid for the same movie.

In an in­ter­view with Va­ri­ety, the Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tor has spo­ken about how she ne­go­ti­ates her con­tracts to make sure her wages are on par with her male co-star. The 40-year-old ac­tor says: “I’m not tak­ing jobs any­more where I’m get­ting paid a quar­ter of what the male co-star is be­ing paid. I’m not al­low­ing that in my life. What I do now, when I’m tak­ing on a film, I al­ways ask about the fair­ness of the pay.”

She adds that she may be los­ing a lot of money by re­ject­ing some of­fers but she is glad that she has cre­ated a “bound­ary”, which will ed­u­cate peo­ple in how to treat fe­male ac­tors and do some­thing about “old-fash­ioned prob­lem of the wage gap.”

PHOTO: JOR­DAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP

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