Unfortunately for us, this doesn’t surprise a lot, because salary imbalances between women and men are actually a very common phenomenon in these “modern times”. However, this makes much more noise when it happens in Hollywood.
Why? Well because Hollywood is in a continuous war against injustice, fighting for LBGTQ+ rights, racism, hate, intolerance, and global warming (when its residents are not too busy taking a 20-minute flight on their private jets!).
Yes, because, at the very end we always find these celebrities (at least most of them) practicing what they preach.
Having equal pay indiscriminately from your gender is a topic Hollywood cares a lot about. However, every year the discussion is reawakened by some big American blockbuster that tries to perpetuate this discrimination without being noticed.
Unluckily for them, we did notice what happened with Jurassic World Dominion. The new chapter of the franchise directed by Colin Trevorrow is being criticized because of the salary gap between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Respectively, the stars have been paid $10 and $8 million respectively, for the Fallen World chapter of the trilogy, even if Chris and Bryce have been co-leading characters for all three films. Following the release of Dominion in May 2022, Bryce claimed that the pay gap was even higher than before.
In an exclusive interview with Insider, the American actress said: “The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less. When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic’, it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set”.
Even if nothing can be done with the films, Bryce discussed the pay gap with his co-star Chris Pratt, who supports her in this battle, pushing the actress to receive equal pay on other opportunities related to the saga, like video games and theme-park rides.
A very bitter consolation for those who dream gender equality.