Equal pay is a hotly discussed topic, and for great reason. No matter what the job, men get paid more than women — something that doesn’t stop in an industry like Hollywood.
The latest star to speak up about this continuing issue? Actress Jessica Chastain, who negotiates for equal pay in a genius way: by simply refusing to take a fraction of what her male co-stars get paid.
“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,” the Oscar-nominated star said in an interview with Variety for its “Power of Women: New York” issue.
“What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy,” Chastain continues.
“I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do,” she adds. “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”
As if she wasn’t enough of a role model, the Zero Dark Thirty star humbly credits much of her outlook to Amy Pascal, who was co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment during its 2014 hack.
“She said part of the reason women don’t get paid equal to men is they don’t ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful,” Chastain recalls.