Harvard-educated, Academy Award winning actor/writer/director/psychology researcher Natalie Portman discussed the Hollywood gender pay gap in a new interview, and has a particularly egregious example.
The same year she won the Oscar for Black Swan, Portman co-starred in the rom-com No Strings Attached, about two attractive people who are attracted two each other but try to f*ck without feelings (not to be confused with Friends with Benefits, the same movie that came out the same year starring Portman's Black Swan co-star—and Kutcher's wife!—Mila Kunis).
"Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached," she told Marie Claire UK (via The Guardian). “I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood."
"Quotes" are asking prices based on projected worth and Kutcher's was way bigger. And why?
"His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. 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," she continued.
Portman added, “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
High-profile actresses have been coming forward about this reality, with Jennifer Lawrence discussing it in a personal essay for Lenny Letter and Amy Adams asking reporters to put more pressure on asking producers.
Speaking out is the first step.