Hilary Swank won an Oscar for her 1999 role in Boys Don't Cry. But her world-renowned performance was apparently only worth $3,000—an amount of money, she explains, that didn't even qualify her for health insurance.

Speaking with Chelsea Handler on the Netflix talk show "Chelsea," Swank explains what happened.

When I did Boys Don't Cry, I was 24 years old, I made $3,000 dollars. In order to have health insurance you have to make $5,000, so I didn't even know that I didn't have health insurance until I went in and tried to get a prescription filled. They said, "That's $160." I went "Um, well can you try my insurance?" And they said, "Mhm."


Swank went on to detail another devastating Hollywood experience, this one about the massive discrepancy between a salary offered to her and a male actor for the same movie.

"I win my second Academy Award and... I get offered a movie. But the male hadn't had any kind of critical success. He'd been a movie where he was 'hot,'" said Swank, tantalizingly refusing to dish the name of her male counterpart.

"And he got offered 10 million dollars. And I got offered 500,000. ... So I said 'no,' and they went and found a newcomer that did it for 50,000," said Swank, as Handler, Connie Britton, Ava DuVernay, and Deshauna Barber looked on in shock.


"They made a savings of [450,000 dollars] probably to give the guy his bonuses."