JESSICA CHASTAIN DEMANDS PAY PARITY
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.”