Charlies Theron demanded the same pay as Chris Hemsworth for the “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel.
She stated, “I am in a position where I could put down my foot down and say, I want equal pay to my male co-star.”
The Oscar-winning actress said she had been conditioned to “be polite” when asking for what she wanted. But she threw that out the window and demanded what she deserves when negotiating her contract for the 2016 film.
Women in Hollywood have long been paid less than their male co-stars, and not all actresses have the same privilege as Charlize does. In 2015, Jennifer Lawrence opened up about the wage gap and how women who ask for more are perceived, stating “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’”
Charlize is also reclaiming her identity as a feminist stating, “I remember also saying being a feminist meant a different thing to everybody. And I would apologize for it. And I had to ask, why was that? Why couldn’t I just say, ‘Yes, I’m a feminist?’”