Hilary Swank Reveals She Only Earned $3,000 For ‘Boys Don’t Cry’: ‘I Had An Academy Award, No Health Insurance’

In Wednesday’s edition of “Chelsea”, host Chelsea Handler hosts another of her signature dinner parties, welcoming actresses Hilary Swank and Connie Britton, director Ava DuVernay and Miss USA Deshauna Barber for a candid conversation about Hollywood’s gender gap when it comes to getting paid.

That gap can be huge, as Swank explains when she reveals she was paid a measly $3,000 for her Oscar-winning role in 1999 drama “Boys Don’t Cry”, pointing out that her salary was so low that it wasn’t enough to qualify her for Screen Actors Guild health insurance.

“I had an Academy Award,” she says, “no health insurance.”

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And while that Oscar led to higher-paying jobs, the same wage gap was still apparent. She learned that firsthand when, after winning her second Oscar, she was up for a movie in which her male co-star was offered a $10-million payday.

“[He] had been in a movie where he was ‘hot’ … and I got offered $500,000,” she says.

You can catch the entire episode when it’s available to stream on Wednesday, Oct. 19; until then, check out this sneak peek:



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