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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Poldark producer defends Aidan Turner making more money than co-star Eleanor Tomlinson
Tomlinson recently pointed out the unequal pay, telling Red magazine: "While at the beginning that might have been okay – he was a bigger star than me – now I don't think so," she said. "We're equal leads of the show, so I'd be pretty upset if the gap hadn't closed." Poldark producer Mammoth Screen defended its decision to pay Turner more, noting that Turner is playing the title character of Ross Poldark and he has "significantly more screen time than any other character."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Emilia Clarke: I've always had pay equality with my Game of Thrones co-stars
Clarke, speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, said she found Claire Foy's The Crown pay disparity to be "shocking, actually shocking." She added: “On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars. It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck.” ALSO: Clarke says it's sexist to refer to female characters as "strong women."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch: I'll turn down any role unless my female co-star has equal pay
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” says the Patrick Melrose and Sherlock star. “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Report: Claire Foy to receive "back pay" to plug The Crown's salary gap with co-star Matt Smith
Foy, who reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, will receive an additional £200,000 for her work.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Claire Foy says The Crown pay-gap controversy "really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about"
“It definitely opened my eyes to a lot," she tells The Associated Press. "And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things,” Foy said in an interview on Monday in Las Vegas. “It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing — even though, embarrassing.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Thandie Newton confirms she, too, will receive equal pay for Westworld Season 3
“They’re all happening right now, and yeah, we’re all equal across the board,” Newton said following Evan Rachel Wood statement saying she would be receiving equal pay with the HBO drama's male stars. “It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s—goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it.” Newton says HBO's decision to ensure pay equality has inspired her to only work on projects in the future with a similar pay philosophy. “I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not,” she said. “F*ck that. It literally sets a precedent, and (HBO is) leading the way, which is amazing.” ALSO: Westworld creators want AI designers to "Stop."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: "It only took 25 years" for me to have equal pay with my male co-stars
The Westworld star spoke to Jimmy Fallon about her recent salary bump that would pay her as much as her male co-stars. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I was like (gasp). And I almost got emotional,” Wood said. “I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.’” She added: “I’ve been an actor since I was a kid, so it only took 25 years.” ALSO: Watch a Westworld Q&A abruptly end when a questioner asks Jonathan Nolan to read his screenplay.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: I'm now earning the same pay as my male Westworld co-stars
“I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay,'" she tells The Wrap. "And I was like,” she said, miming a gasp. “And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Claire Foy responds to The Crown pay gap: It's odd to be at the center of a controversy you didn't ask for
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy tells EW. “But I’m not (surprised about the interest in the story) in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw (the story) and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center (of a story) that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
The Crown alum Jared Harris calls Matt Smith-Claire Foy pay gap "an embarrassment"
"I think it's an embarrassment for Left Bank Pictures," says Harris, who played Elizabeth's father King George VI in Season 1 and who is the first The Crown cast member to speak about the equal pay controversy. Harris says Smith shouldn't be blamed.. "That's a function of the fact that, at the time when they made the deal, Matt Smith would have had a larger profile around the world (than Foy)," he says. "But they could've, at that point, paid her as much as him. That was their choice. And, right now, they're probably wishing they did."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
The Crown producers apologize to Claire Foy and Matt Smith over equal pay controversy
Left Bank pictures, the production company behind the acclaimed Netflix series, released a lengthy statement offering its apology following the furor over the revelation that despite her leading role, Foy earns less than supporting actor Smith. But there was no talk about any further action. “We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank said. "As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.” Foy, Smith and Netflix haven't reacted publicly to last week's news, which has sparked a petition for Smith to donate some of his salary to Time's Up.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Martina Navratilova accuses BBC of paying John McEnroe 10 times her salary for their similar tennis pundit roles
"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000 ($210,000) ... I get about £15,000 ($21,000) for Wimbledon, and unless John McEnroe’s doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he’s getting at least 10 times as much money," Navratilova said on the BBC Panorama documentary series episode devoted to "Britain's Equal Pay Scandal."