Bryce Dallas Howard is the latest celebrity to speak out about the “astronomically different” pay gap between male and female stars in Hollywood.
The 37-year-old doesn’t hold back as she discusses everything from the Time’s Up initiative to finally being inspired to ask for what she’s worth in a tell-all new interview with Redbook.
Dallas Howard, who is set to reprise her role of Claire in the upcoming “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, insists: “I’m not a spender. I live in a three-bedroom house – in fact, we just downsized. I know that we’re privileged; we don’t have to worry about paying our rent or our medical bills. But I wish people knew that this is what the life of most successful female celebrities is.”
She adds, “What we get paid is totally, completely, astronomically different than what male celebrities get paid. And for women of colour, it’s a hundred times worse.”
“Even my dad [Director Ron Howard] has been shocked at how expensive it is to be a woman in the industry. You’re told that it’s important to have a manager as well as an agent, and for a guy that’s not as important. That’s 20 per cent out of your paycheck rather than 10 per cent.”
The actress also talks about the Time’s Up movement, insisting she’s no longer afraid to ask for what she deserves.
Dallas Howard admits, “I’ve been [wimpy] about it in the past. I didn’t want people to think I wasn’t grateful for opportunities. I also get scared off by every threat during a negotiation. They’ll say, ‘We’ll just have to find someone else,’ and I back off. You can’t do that.”
The star opens up about swapping her infamous heels for boots while filming “Jurassic World” alongside Chris Pratt, and reveals her mom’s somewhat “extreme” parenting skills.
She admits: “My mom grew up in poverty and was terrified that her privileged children were not going to be contributing members of society. I realize now, as a parent, that some of the things she did to follow through on teachable moments were a bit extreme. But other things, like we don’t have trust funds and were told, ‘You’re 14 – you need to get a job,’ I’m so grateful for.”
“I started working at a restaurant when I was 14, and I’d be like, ‘I just got yelled at by a customer. OK, I survived.’ Those moments made me feel like a capable person, and a lot of kids I knew growing up didn’t.”