The women of Hollywood have begun speaking out on some of the sexist natures of the industry as of late, hoping that their platform of celebrity can issue some sort of change. It’s no surprise that many celebrities have been speaking up, statistics on the roles given to women are becoming increasingly more embarrassing for the industry, and instances where huge stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron receiving lower pay than their lesser known male co-stars are being leaked to the public. Well now another young starlet has opened up about her own experience. Amanda Seyfried says she was paid 10 percent of a male co-star’s salary.
After Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech demanding equal pay and rights for women in Hollywood, and we can’t forget Meryl Streep’s appropriately endearing reaction, it seems that the women of Hollywood are making extra point to step up and share. This time around, Seyfried admitted to Sunday Times that she was making an absolutely ridiculous sum lower than her equally famous male co-star. Without naming any names the actress stated:
A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10 percent of what my male co-star was getting. And we were pretty even in status.
Seyfried has been attached to quite a few big budget films in the past years, so it’s difficult to pin down which specific project she is referring to. Could it be Les Miserables when then Eddie Redmayne had not yet won his Oscar yet, and was probably pretty equivalent in stardom to Seyfried? Or possibly it could have been Dominic Cooper, her love interest in Mamma Mia making 10 times the amount of money as the young actress. There are too many movies to narrow it down, but that being said proves Seyfried’s worth. She’s been landing a lot of roles over the years, and her name is recognized. Is there any reason she should be making this much less than a male co-star, especially if they are given fairly equal amount of screen time?Ten percent is insanely low.
Seyfried suggested in the interview that maybe she is taken advantage of because she seems so down-to-earth:
I think people think that just because I'm easy-going and game to do things I'll just take as little as they offer. It's not about how much you get; it's about how fair it is.
And that’s the key to the situation. Being fair. Yes money is terrific, and these stars certainly are worried about the amount as well, but when it comes down to it, the amount of money should be reflecting the job. A job that if a male and female actor are both co-starring in, and sharing the same amount of screen time and are the same level of ‘status’ should be making the same amount. Seyfried, like many other women in her field, expressed that female actors need to keep fighting, and be willing to walk away if the job is not being fair.