— Mo Money

Jessica Chastain just did the most badass thing to make sure she's paid as much as her male co-stars

“That really hit me. At first, I was really pissed off. And then I thought, ‘She’s touching on something here.’ Women need to step forward and demand they’re fairly compensated for their work.”

“You have a scale to measure it by, because the big agencies know what the male actors are getting paid,” she continues. “So when they’re negotiating, they should feel empowered. They can come forward and say, ‘This is 2017. We’re not doing this anymore.'”

“Movies wouldn’t want me to do my deal until they cast the male actor. They would wait and see what they had left over [in the budget], even if they’d come to me first,” Chastain adds. “Now, if someone comes to me and has an offer but wants to wait, I’m like, ‘Goodbye.’ If you want me in your film, do a favored-nation clause. Don’t determine my worth based on what’s left over.”

She mentions something called a “favored-nation clause” which basically translates to “don’t pay me a penny less than whatever he is making.”

We could NOT be clapping harder. Chastain has more than proven her acting chops in movies like Zero Dark ThirtyThe HelpInterstellarThe Martian, and her brand-new film The Zookeeper’s Wife — not to mention her impressive stage and television credits.

Between Chastain, Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence,  Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and more, we’re so glad women who occupy high platforms are continuing to speak out about the wage gap not only in Hollywood but everywhere. Every light shed on this issue is a step in a fairer direction for all of us.

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