House of Cards’ Robin Wright Steps Up To Tackle The Gender Pay Gap
Robin Wright’s character in the hugely popular House of Cards is famous the world over. Anyone that knows the show, will accept that she plays lead billing alongside co-star Kevin Spacey and is integral to the show.
However, the gender pay gap in Hollywood is very much an issue with top television shows too. Wright has this week revealed how she was forced to confront the show bosses with an ultimatum over her salary.
Speaking at an event held at New York’s Rockerfeller Centre on Tuesday, the Forest Gump star explained what had happened behind the scenes at the show.
‘I wanted to be paid the same as Kevin’, Wright said.
She quite rightly felt that her contributions on and off screen with the show, (she has directed a number of episodes as well as starred in all 52) meant she should receive exactly the same income as her 56-year-old co-star.
However, to get the bosses to take her seriously, Wright had to threaten ‘to go public’ over the issue.
‘It was the perfect paradigm,’ Wright said of her decision to tackle the show’s creators head 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.’
‘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 it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public’ And they did.’
Let’s hope more actresses that are being paid less than their male counterparts take heed of Wright’s actions and address the balance too.