Historically, the biggest pay gap for actors remains in movies
In a very Claire Underwood-esque move, actress Robin Wright waited for the perfect moment to strike in order to get what she wants.
In the midst of the show's last season, a poll on House Of Cards' viewers showed that Wright's first lady was proving to be even more popular that Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood, and Wright used this as leverage in asking for equal pay to her co-star.
During an event hosted by Rockefeller Foundation in New York on Tuesday, Wright told the audience that she told the show's producers: "I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin. [...] You better pay me, or I’m going to go public. And they did.”
"It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards."
Its reported that Spacey was earning $500,000 per episode for the show, while Wright was initially earning $420,000 per episode, and has now been brought up to equal Spacey's pay.
The gender gap in payment has been a hot topic of late, with stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Patricia Arquette and Bradley Cooper all discussing the issue in recent months.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission expanded its investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood following ACLU's request to examine whether gender discrimination was contributing to the lack of female directors.
But the issue isn't one that has effect females in TV as much as it has in movies, with the highest paid actresses in shows like Friends, Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory matching their male counterparts.
However, a quick look at the top twenty highest paid actors and actresses for a single role in cinema shows a massive gender discrepancy:
- Keanu Reeves The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions $156,000,000
- Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense $100,000,000
- Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible II 2000 $100,000,000
- Tom Cruise War of the Worlds $100,000,000
- Will Smith Men in Black 3 $100,000,000
- Sandra Bullock Gravity $75,000,000
- Tom Hanks Forrest Gump $70,000,000
- Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible $70,000,000
- Harrison Ford Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $65,000,000
- Jack Nicholson Batman $60,000,000
- Leonardo DiCaprio Inception $59,000,000
- Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $55,000,000
- Robert Downey, Jr. The Avengers $50,000,000
- Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic $40,000,000
- Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan $40,000,000
- Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland $40,000,000
- Jim Carrey Yes Man $35,000,000
- Mel Gibson Lethal Weapon 4 $33,000,000
- Brad Pitt Ocean's Eleven $32,000,000
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines $31,000,000
Yep, out of the top twenty highest paid performances of all time (not accounting for inflation), only one of them is for a woman, with Sandra Bullock initially getting paid $20 million for her role, and then an additional $55 million out of the back end percentage of Gravity's box office profits.