Natalie Portman Reveals Costar Ashton Kutcher Was Paid Three Times More for No Strings Attached
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.”