For some crazy reason, men and women simply don't make the same amount of money for the same job. This is true across the board on this planet, but it's readily visible for anyone to see in Hollywood. This obviously isn't a good thing, and it needs to change immediately.
The biggest problem with the Hollywood pay gap situation is that a lot of people think... "well, they're making a ton of money just to act. Screw them!" And sure, that's fair. But firstly, I think acting is a much more taxing and difficult job than people realize and also, that doesn't excuse this gap from existing.
1. Judy Greer had this to say about the pay gap
There are a select few women at the top (Jennifer Lawrence's of the world) who are keeping up with the men, but otherwise, it's unfair. Here's what Jurassic World star Judy Greer recently said in an Op-ed about the inequal pay:
"In the past few months, I've become convinced of one thing: If I were a man, I'd be paid more. I realize that some people may not sympathize with an actress who gets to be in movies and on TV or a living. But if you take away names and vocations, the fact is that in 2015 a man is still getting paid more money to do the same job a woman does, in Hollywood and everywhere else. And no matter where you live or what you do, that's bulls***."
She's not the only one who has said this kind of stuff, though. The movement to change this problem is picking up traction now. Check it out!
2. Amanda Seyfried
She said that she was once paid 10% of what a male co-star was paid on a film and that, "we were pretty even in status."
She also added...
"You have to decide if you’re willing to walk away from something, especially as a woman."
3. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal had this to say to The Wrap:
“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
4. Patricia Arquette
You probably remember this eloquent speech Patricia Arquette gave at the Oscars this year...
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
5. Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren was also speaking with The Wrap along with Gyllenhaal and echoed her sentiments:
“It’s fucking outrageous. It’s ridiculous. Honestly, it’s so annoying. And ’twas ever thus. We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”
6. Viola Davis
Davis had some interesting points to make about ageism, sexism, and racism in Hollywood... specifically as it relates to her role in How To Get Away With Murder, a Shonda Rhimes project.
“There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film. I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the ‘mommified’ role.”
She almost had to hype herself up to take on her role.
“OK, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who’s smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction.”
It really is BS. And it needs to end ASAP. Let's get this sorted out, Hollywood. Entertainment is a equal rights industry. The compensation of its workers should reflect that.