Which of Amanda Seyfried's Male Co-Stars Was Paid 10 Times More Than She Was?
By Katey Rich
Even big stars have to wrestle with Hollywood's pay gap.
The actresses who are paid less than their male counterparts in Hollywood films aren't responsible for the industry's ridiculous wage gap, but they might be responsible for fixing it. Amanda Seyfried has become the latest major female star to point out that she's been paid less than one of her male stars — and created a pretty intriguing blind item in the process. Talking to The Sunday Times (via Vulture), Seyfried said that while working on a big-budget film "a few years ago" she learned that she was being paid "10 percent of what my male co-star was getting. And we were pretty even in status."
Vulture guesses that she might be referring to Eddie Redmayne, who played her love interest in "Les Miserables" and is now an Oscar winner. But dig back in Seyfried's surprisingly prolific IMDB credits and there are plenty of possibilities, like Justin Timberlake, her co-star in "In Time" who also happened to be, well, one of the world's most famous musicians. Or what if it's Dominic Cooper, her love interest from "Mamma Mia"? Really, Seyfried has made so many movies that it could be a lot of people ... but if it's somehow Adam Brody from "Jennifer's Body," we admit, we'll be very puzzled.
But hey, that's the point: you're supposed to be puzzled and also outraged any time you learn two co-stars in a movie are making wildly different salaries. It's how Jennifer Lawrence managed to negotiate a payday of $20 million for the upcoming drama "Passengers," after the Sony hack revealed that she was paid less than all of her male co-stars in "American Hustle." Seyfried puts some of the blame on herself for the pay gap — "I think people think that just because I'm easy-going and game to do things I'll just take as little as they offer" — but that's not fair, either. It's a tricky thing, putting a number on what actors add to their movies and how much they deserve to be compensated, but pretty much nothing makes sense of a 10 percent pay discrepancy. Which, hopefully, Seyfried will never have to experience again.
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