Being a Hollywood actor or actress often means folding impressive amounts of money, but when male stars are constantly cashing in more, it can really disrupt the workflow and alert their female colleagues. The film industry is just another field in which women fall under the gender pay gap, and a few actresses have stood up in the past pointing out the injustice when it comes to receiving equal pay. Actresses and their supporters have become so outraged that many of them have decided to fight back and make a point. Displeased with the fact that women are working as hard as men for significantly lesser pay while having even more responsibilities on their plate outside of usual workspaces, ladies are slowly but surely starting to raise their voices and try to get heard.


The stories below illustrate how sometimes, it’s just a man’s world, and that the recent International Women’s Day could be more of manifestation rather than a celebration as it is most likely to still be a tough journey to equality and fairness. Let us know your thoughts and hopes in the comments.

#1

Gillian Anderson Got Offered Only Half Of David Duchovny’s Pay For The New X-Files

Gillian Anderson Got Offered Only Half Of David Duchovny’s Pay For The New X-Files

It already took Gillian Anderson three seasons to bump up her salary to what David Duchovny was getting paid for the original X-Files. Due to that, she initially ended up denying the first offer of the new X-Files. At the moment, she is getting the same as her male co-star, but then again, it was only thanks to persistent negotiations.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

Good for her that she fought for it!! She knew that there wouldn't be any sequel without her!!

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#2

Angelina Jolie Made Half What Brad Pitt Did For Mr. And Mrs. Smith

Angelina Jolie Made Half What Brad Pitt Did For Mr. And Mrs. Smith

As the much-talked-about Hollywood couple were acquainted in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, it also drew attention to the pay inequality. Pitt, playing the husband of Jolie in the film, made $20 million, whereas Jolie walked away with half of that.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

That's pretty ridiculous. They were both A listers and carried equal weight in the movie. Unlike some of the others this is a clear injustice

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#3

Ellen Pompeo In Grey’s Anatomy Was Denied Higher Pay Than Patrick Dempsey

Ellen Pompeo In Grey’s Anatomy Was Denied Higher Pay Than Patrick Dempsey

At some point, being the highest-paid television actress, Ellen Pompeo aka Meredith Grey tried to request to get slightly more than Patrick Dempsey and got the cold shoulder. Although she was the star of the show, when it came to salary, it turned out completely different.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

Literally the show is named after her character!!! Literally!!!😡😡😡😡

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#4

Charlize Theron Made $10 Million Less Than Chris Hemsworth In The Huntsman

Charlize Theron Made $10 Million Less Than Chris Hemsworth In The Huntsman

Another female actress got her eyes opened through the Sony hack scandal. Turned out that Charlize Theron was making $10 million less than her male counterpart, Chris Hemsworth, in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. This made her demand for a pay raise for the prequel Snow White and The Huntsman.

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Mitela Rahman
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4 months ago

Charlize Theron is thousand times a better thespian than this Chris guy !

Natasha Romanoff
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4 months ago

I'm gonna probably get downvoted for this but I absolutely LOVE Chris Hemsworth -

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elStiJneriNO
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4 months ago

he was the title character

Holly Stevens
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4 months ago

And she is the more the senior star by far!

Xylle Flora
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4 months ago

Bruh

Clearly sunny
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4 months ago

How is that possible, I like Chris but Charlize is a A list goddess.

Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

Why?

Freloise_Raven
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4 months ago

This is so dumb.

Madders
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4 months ago

That's frustrating, she was and probably is still a more established Actor than Chris Hemsworth

Bored Panda Poland
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4 months ago

wow, maybe this was in the middle of the Thor/Marvel stuff but $10 million more is astounding. I don't think one is much better or worse than the other so that amount of difference is mind boggling. I am surprised that he even got paid $10 million for a movie let alone $10 million more than Theron.

Azure Adams
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4 months ago

That movie sucked

Louise B
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4 months ago

Didn't she win an Oscar? He is very handsome though

Johnnee
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4 months ago

He had the bigger part in the movie so I don't see the issue

Vicky Z
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4 months ago

That's infuriating she is more well known, been in the industry more years also won an oscar and her part was almost the same as his!! I would demand more than him actually not even the same!!

elStiJneriNO
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4 months ago

So you admit her role is smaller and he also is the title character. And yet you feel she needs to get more.

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 months ago

And wasn't she the star of this movie? She was the draw. She was on all the posters.

AntiAntiVaxx
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4 months ago

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Some of this is unfair wage gap but Chris is much more recognizable than her. He gets paid more because he brings in more money.

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#5

Natalie Portman Got Paid Three Times Less Than Ashton Kutcher

Natalie Portman Got Paid Three Times Less Than Ashton Kutcher

Natalie Portman, who starred along Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached, revealed that he was paid three times more for the movie. Like Jennifer Lawrence after the controversy over the gender pay inequality in American Hustle, she regretted not speaking out enough.

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Bunny Girl
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4 months ago

THREE times less? wow, this is terrible

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#6

Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Adams Received 7% Of The Profits From American Hustle When Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, And Jeremy Renner Got 9%

Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Adams Received 7% Of The Profits From American Hustle When Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, And Jeremy Renner Got 9%

The famous Sony hack revealed that the pay among the male and female stars of American Hustle was not the fairest. After finding that out, Jennifer Lawrence, who was paid less than Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner, expressed her regret over not negotiating it more fiercely.

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Joshua Nowell
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4 months ago

disgusting

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#7

Meryl Streep Has Earned Less Than Male Actors Throughout Her Career

Meryl Streep Has Earned Less Than Male Actors Throughout Her Career

Even being one of the most legendary Hollywood actresses, Meryl Streep, famously stating that “Women’s issues are men’s issues,” spoke about sexism in the film industry and revealed that she has been underpaid throughout her career.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

Nonspecific, but being such a big actress, I'm sure there are some better examples

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#8

Michelle Williams Received Less Than 1% Compared To What Mark Wahlberg Did In All The Money In The World

Michelle Williams Received Less Than 1% Compared To What Mark Wahlberg Did In All The Money In The World

Ironically, in the movie called All the Money in the World, Michelle Williams received less than 1% of what her co-star Mark Wahlberg pocketed. In response to a controversy that sparked a year later after the release of the film, Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million ‘over-payment’ to Time’s Up legal defence fund, all under Williams’s name. Williams, on her behalf, released a statement thanking all the men and women involved in speaking out about sexual harassment in Hollywood’s film industry.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

Yikes! I get theat Mark Wahlberg is a big name... but still 1%

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#9

Kathy Griffin Had The Second-Lowest Salary In The Cast Of Suddenly Susan

Kathy Griffin Had The Second-Lowest Salary In The Cast Of Suddenly Susan

Although Kathy Griffin started as an unknown actress, during her third season in Suddenly Susan, she found out that not only was she the second-lowest-paid member of the cast, but also that Judd Nelson made four times what she made.

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CowboyHank
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4 months ago

Maybe it's because she isn't funny

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#10

Amanda Seyfried Received 10% Less Than What Her Fellow Male Actor Got

Amanda Seyfried Received 10% Less Than What Her Fellow Male Actor Got

Amanda Seyfried disclosed that even though she and a male co-star’s statuses were even, the pay wasn’t. In one of her interviews, she admitted finding out that her male co-star received as much as 10% more than what she did in one of their big-budget features. “It’s not about how much you get, it’s about how fair it is,” Amanda shared.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

Sort of non specific

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#11

Diane Keaton Ended Up Not Receiving A Big Part Of The Pay For Something’s Gotta Give

Diane Keaton Ended Up Not Receiving A Big Part Of The Pay For Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give definitely gave Jack Nicholson a full fat paycheck rather than adequately rewarding his female co-star Diane Keaton. Allegedly, Nicholson shared the pay back with his co-star to make it even.

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Clearly sunny
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4 months ago

Like this movie, but she did seem too be in the movie more than him.

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#12

Robin Wright Had To Negotiate Her Pay In House Of Cards When Kevin Spacey Was One Of The Highest-Paid Actors On TV

Robin Wright Had To Negotiate Her Pay In House Of Cards When Kevin Spacey Was One Of The Highest-Paid Actors On TV

Robin Wright, winner of a Golden Globe, had to negotiate the salary for her House of Cards role of Claire Underwood. Kevin Spacey, playing the husband in this popular Netflix series, was raking in $500,000 per episode. Wright stated that she would discuss the injustice publicly unless her conditions changed. And they did.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

In fairness, Spacey was a much bigger actor at the time

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#13

Hilary Swank’s Male Co-Stars Got 10 Times More Than Her For The Same Job

Hilary Swank’s Male Co-Stars Got 10 Times More Than Her For The Same Job

Hilary Swank pointed out that no matter how much Hollywood loves its women, it still loves men more when it comes to paying for the job. The actress with two Academy Awards in her lap couldn’t highlight enough that it’s not even a matter of men getting paid double—it’s a matter of getting paid 10 times more than women.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

Even two Oscars are not enough! All the Oscars in the world are not enough for all the money in the world

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#14

Sienna Miller Would Have Gotten Half Of What Another Actor Was Going To Make

Sienna Miller Would Have Gotten Half Of What Another Actor Was Going To Make

Sienna Miller walked away from a two-person play and made a point as the male co-actor was offered twice as much as her. “We are going to have to make sacrifices to make change. I want to turn up and feel dignified.”

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Brendan
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4 months ago

Good for her!

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#15

Rooney Mara Made Half Of What Male Actors Ended Up Making In Several Movies

Rooney Mara Made Half Of What Male Actors Ended Up Making In Several Movies

“I’ve been in films where I’ve found out my male co-star got paid double what I got paid, and it’s just a reality of the time that we live in,” admitted Rooney Mara. The actress expressed her disappointment in the gender pay gap as she has been underpaid a few times. The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo actress also stated that she is grateful for getting paid for what she does, but finding out about her male co-stars receiving larger sums is still frustrating. 

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Elaine Dodge
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4 months ago

Her co-star in TGWTDT was Daniel Craig. When she has the experience and acting chops of Daniel Craig, then she can complain about getting paid less than him.

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#16

Amy Adams Got Much Less Compared To Male Actors In American Hustle

Amy Adams Got Much Less Compared To Male Actors In American Hustle

Although Amy Adams realized she was making much less than Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner in American Hustle, she still decided to stick with the role. She explained that not all negotiations are done by the actresses and actors themselves, but often by their agents. According to her, it came down to the decision of whether it was worth it to take on the role or not.

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denzoren
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4 months ago

This one I agree with, they were all main characters and they all deserved the same pay check. Not a minor character claiming to have made less than the main character.

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#17

Catt Sadler Was Getting Two Times Less Than Her Co-Host Jason Kennedy

Catt Sadler Was Getting Two Times Less Than Her Co-Host Jason Kennedy

E! News reporter Catt Sadler ended up leaving her position due to the fact that her co-host Jason Kennedy was earning twice as much. She attempted to get a raise, but unsuccessfully, and revealed the disappointment on her blog: “How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?”

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Azure Adams
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4 months ago

WHo???

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#18

Jessica Chastain Only Made A Quarter Of What Her Reported Salary For The Martian Was

Jessica Chastain Only Made A Quarter Of What Her Reported Salary For The Martian Was

Jessica Chastain earned $1.75 million for The Martian when her co-star Matt Damon reportedly made anything from $15 to $25 million. “I made less than a quarter of that in reality, so there is a huge wage gap in the industry," Chastain said.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

Okay, Matt Damon was the main character. That is a huge pay gap, but I don't even remember who she played.

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