Natalie Portman has joined the long list of actresses who are speaking out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
“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,” Portman said.
“I knew and I went along with it,” Portman added, noting that Kutcher’s standard fee to take part in a film — his “quote” — was higher than hers. ” [Kutcher’s quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more.”
The 2011 rom-com earned $150 at the box office globally, according to Forbes, likely landing Portman a pretty penny — and Kutcher even more.
“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” Portman continued. “In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
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The gender wage gap varies among gender, race and ethnicity, according to The Pew Research Center. Black women earn about 65 cents to the dollar a white man makes, and Hispanic women earn only 58 cents.
“I don’t think women and men are more or less capable,” Portman told Marie Claire. “We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities. We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d—-, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” Lawrence wrote in a piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter. “I got mad at myself.”