Female stars who had to fight for equal pay

I felt that the offer presented to me did not match the value I brought to the franchise.”

Negotiating a contract can be tricky, especially when it comes to careers in Hollywood.

Sometimes things just don’t work out, leaving an actor to figure out if they want to fight for what they’re worth or just walk away from a project altogether.

Find out what happened when these actresses talked about what they deserved:


neve campbell

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Neve Campell is an emblematic part of the Scream franchise, but she recently announced that she will not be appearing in Cry 6 because the offer made to her was not what she expected.

“As a woman, I’ve had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my worth, especially when it comes to Scream“, Neve said in a statement. “I felt that the offer presented to me did not match the value I brought to the franchise. It was a very difficult decision to move on. To all my Scream fans, i love you. You have always been incredibly supportive. I will be forever grateful to you and for what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”


Charlize Theron

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When Charlize Theron found out she was being paid less for her role in The hunter, despite sharing equal billing with co-star Chris Hemsworth, she knew she had to speak out. When it came time to negotiate contracts for the sequel, Charlize demanded more – and the studio agreed!

“I have to give them credit because once I asked they said yes,” Charlize told Elle UK. “They didn’t fight us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean you hate men. It means equal rights If you do the same job, you should be compensated and treated the same.”


Jessica Chastain

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Jessica Chastain says she’s turned down projects when she’s not paid the same as her male counterparts. While she didn’t specify which movies she walked away from, she says it helped her “create a boundary” that educates others “about how to treat you.”

“There’s something huge that I recently turned down,” Jessica told Variety. “For me, it wasn’t about the money; it was an old-fashioned pay gap issue. I refused and they didn’t come back. I remember afterwards I was like, ‘What did I do? Maybe it was a mistake. But it wasn’t, because everyone in the studio system heard what I did. So what you’re doing is building a reputation: don’t bring Jessica something where she’s not fairly compensated compared to the male actor.


Octavia Spencer

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Octavia Spencer has stood up for a higher paycheck on a film after being encouraged by Jessica Chastain. She explained that while the duo was talking about the pay gap, Octavia brought up the pay gaps faced by women of color. Jessica immediately helped Octavia into acting, and the women fought for equal pay on a project they were working on together.

“I love this woman, because she walks and she really talks,” Octavia said during a Sundance Film Festival panel. “She said, ‘Octavia, we’re going to make you pay for this movie… You and I are going to be bonding together. We’re going to be favored nations and we’re going to do the same thing. Fast forward to last week, we are earning five times what we asked for.”


Siena Miller

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Sienna Miller says she had to turn down many roles throughout her career because she didn’t feel like she was being paid fairly. At one point, she was offered a role in a Broadway production where she and a male actor were the only ones on stage. When the team refused to pay her the same as her counterpart, she refused.

“It was a play with only two of us on stage and I was offered less than half of what it was going to be paid for,” Sienna told Vogue. “If it was two men, it probably wouldn’t happen. Sad, but I left.”

Later in her career, she asked for a higher salary before signing on for her role in 21 bridges. The movie studio turned her down, and she nearly walked away from the project — until her co-star, Chadwick Boseman, stepped in to donate part of her salary so she would be fairly paid.


Patricia Arquette

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Despite the fact that Patricia Arquette once gave a powerful Oscars acceptance speech where she called for equal pay for women, she says she continued to be presented with unfair offers from studios. In fact, she had to walk away from movies where she wasn’t compensated fairly. In one project, which she did not name, she says she was offered an entirely different compensation structure than her male partner, even though they were both Oscar winners.

“I quit a lot of jobs because they gave me really shitty deals that were really shitty and different from men in a really fucked up way, Patricia said. The daily beast.


Julie Depy


Julie Delpy had to fight for equal pay for her role in the Before trilogy. She Explain that in the first film, she earned a tenth of co-star Ethan Hawke’s salary. By the time of the second film, she was able to negotiate up to half Ethan’s salary. And before filming the final film in the trilogy, Julie threatened to walk away unless she was paid equally.

“I said, ‘Listen guys. If I don’t get paid, I don’t,’ Julie said Variety.


Emmy Rossum

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Midway through Emmy Rossum’s nine seasons Shameless, she fought to have her salary equal to that of the series’ male protagonist, William H. Macy. After lengthy contract negotiations, she received what she considered fair compensation, especially since she had spent seven seasons being paid less than William.

“I’ll tell you, the person who supported me the most was William H. Macy,” Emmy told The Hollywood Reporter. “Having the male counterpart on my show like, ‘Yeah, she deserves this and more,’ it was so empowering. And after it went public, it was a quick resolution.”


Lauren Cohan

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Lauren Cohan was part of the cast of The Walking Dead for nearly a decade, and while negotiating her contract for a ninth season, she realized it was time to move on. Amid the months-long contract renegotiation, AMC reportedly sent her “lowball” offers, and she says the whole process surprised her.

“I felt kind of surprised, to be honest with you,” Lauren told EW. “And I took that, how baffled I was, and I thought, ‘Okay, well, that’s a sign. It may no longer be an adjustment. To feel like we weren’t aligned in many ways, I just thought, “Okay, well, maybe that means something.”

Although she initially left, Lauren has since returned to the show.


Hilary Duf

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Back when Hilary Duff was a teenager, her team was in negotiations for a sequel to The Lizzie McGuire movie. Hilary’s mother, Susan, helped with the finances, explaining that Hilary deserved the $500,000 bonus that Disney promised her immediately. Disney disagreed and withdrew their offer for the film completely and Hilary walked away from any future Lizzy projects with the company.

“Disney thought they might bully us into taking the offer they wanted to make, and they couldn’t,” Susan told EW. “We walked away from a sequel. They walked away from a franchise…We weren’t feeling the love. They weren’t giving Hilary the respect she deserved.”


Julianna Margulies

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The good wife star, Julianna Margulies, has been asked to reprise her role in the show’s spin-off series, The Good Fight, but she ended up walking away when she was not going to be fairly compensated. Julianna says the “deal didn’t happen” because “CBS wouldn’t pay her.”

“The showrunners had found a good way to reintroduce my character, a story that was supposed to span three episodes,” Julianna reportedly said. “I was really excited about the idea, but CBS refused to pay my (demand).”

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