Over the past few years, more and more celebrity women have been speaking up about Hollywood’s gender pay gap. As we’ve learned, it’s unfortunately often the case that an actress is paid much less for starring in a movie than her male co-star, even if the two are equally famous and have an equally large role.
Here’s a look at some of the examples of actresses being paid less than their male co-stars, including the star of an incredibly popular Netflix show who stirred controversy by speaking out about her salary (page 7).
1. Natalie Portman — No Strings Attached
Natalie Portman starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached. But despite the fact that Portman is actually the top-billed star, she apparently made three times less than him.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she told Marie Claire. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been.”
Portman went on to say that she still made a lot of money, so she doesn’t have that much to complain about, but “the disparity is crazy.”
Next: This actress was paid less than one-tenth of one percent of what her co-star made for reshoots of their movie.