Natalie Portman is an Oscar-winning actress who is on track to be nominated (and possibly win) her second Academy Award for her performance in Jackie.
Yet, even Portman is subjected to Hollywood’s sexism. She’s previously spoken out about her concern over the lack of female directors in the film industry—something that led her to insisting on hiring a woman to direct for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic in which Portman will portray the Supreme Court Justice. And she’s also lamented the lack of opportunities for strong female characters on-screen.
Now, Portman is revealing to the British edition of Marie Claire that, like many other actresses, she also has to deal with Hollywood’s gender wage gap. In her February cover story, she talked about the alarming rate that she got paid to film No Strings Attached in which she co-starred with Ashton Kutcher. She revealed he got three times more than her.
“Your quote [in Hollywood] is the highest you’ve ever been paid. His quote was three times higher than mine so they said he should get paid three times more,” Portman said.
She continued, “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been! I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain. But the disparity is crazy….Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
It’s even more enraging considering that at the time Portman was already an Academy Award nominated actress for her role in Closer, while Kutcher had never been nominated for an Oscar. Even then, she was already a part of Star Wars, one of the largest movie franchises in history. But patriarchy doesn’t care about any of that.