Robin Wright Fought for (and Received) Equal Pay as House of Cards Costar Kevin Spacey
Said Wright: "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"
Robin Wright took a stand for equal pay in the workplace.
On Tuesday, the House of Cards star told a roomful of media, activists and philanthropists at the Rockefeller Foundation that she made a bold move after learning that costar Kevin Spacey, 56, was earning $500,000 – nearly $100,000 more than her $420,000-per-episode contract, adding up to a 16 percent disparity in their salaries.
Wright, 50, plays first lady female counterpart to Spacey’s President Frank Underwood on the hit series, recalls that she demanded producers level out her compensation with Spacey’s.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,’ ” Wright said, according to the Huffington Post. “It was the 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.”
Wright further reveals that she had additional leverage in fighting for her Golden Globe-winning turn.
“I was looking at the statistics, and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank]’s for a period of time,” she said. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
House of Cards season 4 is now streaming on Netflix.