Earlier this week, Academy-Award winner #NataliePortman revealed the massive difference between her salary for rom-com No Strings Attached and that of her co-star, #AshtonKutcher. Portman's paycheck was a fraction of Kutchers — just 1/3, to be exact.
Portman explained to Marie Claire UK:
"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. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy. Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar."
Now, Kutcher has come out in a full show of support for his former co-star and her decision to publicize the obscene gender pay-gap in Hollywood.
The 38-year-old actor and father of two took to Twitter to retweet Portman's Marie Claire interview and add his own words of praise:
"So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!"
This isn't the first time that someone has brought Hollywood gender pay-gap into the limelight. Just this December, Emmy Rossum demanded to receive the same wages as her Shameless co-star William H. Macy (a demand that Macy vehemently defended). Jennifer Lawrence notably made headlines for discussing the pay gap in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter in October of 2015, and Bradley Cooper responded with his own concerns about the blatant lack of equal pay for men and women. Patricia Arquette has also been a vocal advocate for gender equality both in wage earning and in representation.
- Intriguing Facts You (Probably) Never Knew About Natalie Portman
- Why People Of Color Deserve To Be Represented In Hollywood
- Huge Disney Films That Don't Pass The Bechdel Test
As Portman says, sometimes it's hard to register that actresses are being paid too little, since Jennifer Lawrence — 2015's highest earning actress — raked in a whopping $52 million that year. That is, until you compare it to Robert Downey, Jr., the top earner out of male actors, who made $80 million.
2016 saw an impressive slate of female-led films: Jackie, Hidden Figures, Rogue One, Arrival, Finding Dory, Moana, American Honey, Elle and more. Audiences are clearly willing to support and celebrate strong women in film, so the question remains, when will Hollywood producers give them the respect — and the money — they deserve?