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Robin Wright Fought for Equal Pay and Won

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 18, 2016
Robin Wright Fought for Equal Pay and Won

The politics don’t stop for the real life Claire Underwood as House of Cards star Robin Wright demanded equal pay as her co-star Kevin Spacey.

The Huffington Post reports that during a Tuesday interview at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, Wright said she demanded equal pay after seeing statistics showing her character was more popular than Spacey’s for a period of time. She says she threatened to “go public” if she didn’t get paid.

Wright came forward while addressing the gender wage gap in Hollywood and also explained that she made the move after learning she was earning $420,000 an episode, compared to Spacey’s $500,000. While it’s not quite as wide a gap as some of the discrepancies we’ve been hearing about, it still irked her.

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“It was the perfect paradigm. 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,” Wright said, according to the report by the Huffington Post.
“I was like: ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin.’” And they did just that.

There is no Frank without Claire so what’s the deal Netflix? Wright plays first lady Claire Underwood, an equally devious partner for Spacey’s President Frank Underwood, on the massively popular Netflix series. Both Wright and Spacey picked up Golden Globes for their outstanding roles on the show and carry the same weight on the show.

Wright is the latest high-profile actress to speak out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood. Alongside brave statements by Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in 2015 and Patricia Arquette’s 2015 Oscar acceptance speech, these ladies aren’t giving in.

It’s not a feminist movement if that is what you are thinking. It’s just the right thing to do. We are all rallied against men earning more than women in the film industry and everywhere.

Cover Photo: House of Cards/Netflix