Natalie Portman says she was only paid a fraction of what co-star Ashton Kutcher earned when they co-starred in 2011’s “No Strings Attached”.
The “Jackie” actress revealed the news in the February 2017 issue of Marie Claire U.K.: “Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on ‘No Strings Attached’. I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she admitted.
She added: “His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”
News of unfair pay discrepancies between male and female actors has been well-documented, but Portman highlights how extreme the numbers are in Hollywood: “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” she explains. “In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
Kutcher has since taken to Twitter to applaud Portman for speaking out against gender pay gap issues.
Marie Claire U.K. shared their cover photo featuring Natalie Portman on Instagram last week.