A couple years ago there was a big stink in Hollywood about how actor Mark Wahlberg got paid more for reshoots on a movie than Michelle Williams did. Everyone screamed about how unfair it was that the female actress didn’t make the same amount, but in reality, it was all about negotiation. After the outrage, Wahlberg decided to donate his $1.5 million dollar salary to Time’s Up and it seemed the issue was settled.
Except it apparently isn’t and two years later, Williams is bringing it up again.
Earlier this week, Williams was in Washington D.C. to talk about Equal Pay Day and admitted to feeling “paralyzed” after she learned she wasn’t being paid as much as her co-star.
“It’s the kind of story I would normally resist: the morality tale with a happy ending, or rather a happy beginning because that’s really why I’m here,” Williams said. “There won’t be satisfaction for me until I can exhaust my efforts ensuring that all women experience the elevation of their self-worth and its connection to the elevation of their market worth.”
“In late 2017, the news broke that I’d been paid less than $1,000 compared to the $1.5 million that my male counterpart had received for the exact same amount of work,” she continued. “And guess what, no one cared. This came as no surprise to me, it simply reinforced my life-learned belief that equality is not an inalienable right and that women would always be working just as hard for less money while shouldering more responsibility in their homes. When the news passed as quickly as it had broken I sat paralyzed in feelings of futility.”
Maybe instead of whining about the issue, Williams should learn to negotiate contracts better? Because that’s what Wahlberg did, although everyone seems to be overlooking that fact.