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Whether it’s giving a portion of their own larger salary to a costar or refusing to work on projects with significant wage gap, individual artists sometimes step in and try to balance Hollywood’s damaging pay gap, one concert at a time. In a new interview to empire‘s October issue celebrates the late Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller recalls how Black Panther star gave part of his 21 brother salary to her to offset the difference in her salary for the film. “I did not know if I should tell this story or not, and I have not yet done so. But I want to tell it because I think it’s a proof of who he was, ”says Miller. “This was a pretty big budget movie, and I know everyone understands the pay gap in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio would not get to.”
Explains to the actor, “And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was in school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I do it if I get compensation the right way.’ And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number I had requested. He said that was what I deserved to be paid. ”
Boseman, himself the producer of the police action drama of 2019, had personally sought Miller for the role, in addition to eventually “donating” the difference between what the actor had asked for and what the studio was willing to pay.
“It was about the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced,” Miller recalls. “That kind of thing just does not happen. He said, ‘You get paid what you deserve and what you’re worth.’ It’s just unthinkable to imagine another man in town behaving graciously or respectfully. In the wake of this, I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story, and they all go very quietly and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no exhibit ability. It was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to this number, because that’s what you have to pay.’ “