Natalie Portman has revealed that Ashton Kutcher was paid substantially more than she was for appearing in the 2011 romcom, No Strings Attached.
The actress said the gap was down to film bosses paying what they thought her male co-star was worth.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood.
“His was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more,” she told Marie Claire UK.
“I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.
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“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.
“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”
The gender gap in Hollywood was highlighted in 2015 after Sony was hacked.
Documents were leaked showing the difference in salaries of the top actors compared to the actresses it employed.
It was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence made significantly less than her co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale on American Hustle.
The actress wrote about her anger at Hollywood’s gender pay gap in one of Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letters.
She wrote: “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.
“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).
“But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight.
“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’.”
Natalie Portman, 35, won an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this month for playing the former first lady in the Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie.
She’s also filming a role as the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and says the film should be directed by a woman.
“I don’t think women and men are more or less capable, we just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities.
“We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”
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