This can’t be right?! Even though we all know Julianne Moore as the five-time Oscar nominated actress who has starred in many notable films such as Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair and Still Alice (which snagged her a win!), she says she doesn’t get paid the same amount of money as her male counterparts.
“Oh, no! Definitely not,” the Far From Heaven star laughed during a recent interview with The Telegraph. However, Julianne did admit that if she’s making an independent film she’ll most likely receive the same paycheck as any man whose also starring in the movie.
“But in terms of other films, obviously it’s hierarchical,” The Hours star explained. “So if there are people who have bigger parts and are bigger stars, they’ll be paid more. But I think the question everyone is asking is, well, even if it is hierarchical, and you have actors of equal stature and equal parts, then they should be paid the same. But obviously it’s very challenging.”
It seems that equal pay is still a topic of discussion in Hollywood. In early March, Empire actress Taraji P. Henson — who won a Golden Globe and has been nominated for an Oscar — told Grazia it wasn’t easy for her to support herself as an actress when she was just starting out.
“It makes you want to pull your hair out,” she admitted. “But I had to be patient, because I knew what I had to offer. I knew that I had to continue doing good work. Whatever project I did, I put my heart and soul into it.”
By simply believing in herself, Taraji has worked her way up the ladder to play many inspirational roles such as Katherine G. Johnson in Hidden Figures and April in Tyler Perry‘s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
“You have to believe in yourself like nothing else,” Taraji revealed. “I’m a very determined person. If you want the performance I can bring, you’re going to have to pay me what I deserve.”
It’s about time we start paying actresses their fair share!