House of Cards’ Robin Wright had to fight to get pay equal to Kevin Spacey
The actor best known for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in House of Cards has said she had to fight for equal pay in the hit series.
Wright, who stars alongside the show’s producer Kevin Spacey, is the latest to weigh in on the inequality of pay in Hollywood.
Speaking to an audience at the Rockerfeller Foundation, Wright said she realised several series into the Netflix show that she was being paid less than Spacey.
She said: “I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin.’”
Adding: “I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalised on that moment.”
“I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did,” she went on.
‘There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards,’ she ended by saying.
According to reports, Kevin Spacey was being paid $500,000 per episode of House of Cards in 2014, when Season 3 was still to air.
Similarly, reports suggested Robin Wright earned $5.5 million from the series between 2014 and 2015, averaging at $420,000 per episode.
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