Hilary Swank broke the silence regarding gender inequality in Hollywood, and her experience with wage gap is truly one to point out.
In a clip for the upcoming episode of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix series ‘Chelsea’, Swank joins Handler, director Ava DuVernay, actress Connie Britton, and Miss USA Deshauna Barber to talk about the industry. In the video Swank confesses she was offered 20 times less than her male co-star on a film— even though she already earned two Oscars. According to Fox News.
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“I win my second Academy Award [for Million Dollar Baby]. The next couple movies later, I get offered a movie. The male hadn’t had any kind of critical success, but had been in a movie where he was ‘hot,’ and he got offered $10 million and I got offered $500,000.” Swank end her statement by saying at the end she turned down the film, and the producers went with an actress who earned only $50,000 for the role.
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It’s almost impossible to believe something this unfair it’s happening in the film industry. But more and more examples signal that this is the norm.
Actresses like Sienna Miller, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Lawrence have all admitted to being paid significantly less than their male costars- it’s like producers think they can get away with doing so.
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The solution? Taking the bull by the horns: talk about it. I bet there are many more stories like this one, and the Hollywood system soon or later will change for better.
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