The Crown actress Claire Foy could receive £200,000 in back pay after it was revealed that she was getting less money than her male co-star, Matt Smith.
The report should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, coming from ‘a source’ to The Daily Mail, but if true the move could set an interesting precedent. The source allegedly said:
“The difference in the wages between Matt and Claire in the 20 episodes of the show so far was backdated. It has all been amicably resolved.”
26/04/2018: Claire Foy on The Crown pay gap scandal: “It’s really opened my eyes”
Claire Foy has commented again on the recent pay gap scandal, where the world learned that she was paid less than Matt Smith on The Crown.
Left Bank Pictures – the company responsible for salaries on the Netflix drama – has apparently made amends with Foy, but that doesn’t make the original discrepancy go away.
While promoting The Girl In The Spider’s Web at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Foy has this to say about The Crown pay gap scandal:
“I certainly won’t be naïve about those things [going forward]. It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing—even though, embarrassing.”
Indeed, this is a time of great change in the entertainment industry. Thanks to all of the recent scandals, things are being talked about now that Hollywood must have been keeping secret for years. Stars who may have kept quiet in the past are now speaking up for what they believe in.
There must have been countless gender pay gap issues in the movie and TV world over the years, but at least now we are talking about it. With any luck, this discourse will help lasting change bring fairness to the wages of the entertainment community.
More news as we hear it.