It’s not just Evan Rachel Wood who has been promised the same pay as her male “Westworld” co-stars, Thandie Newton has also confirmed she has been in talks which would see her paid the equivalent of her male counterparts in Season 3 of the hit western sci-fi.
Newton, who plays “host” Maeve in the HBO series, revealed the news to Vanity Fair at the New York premiere of Season 2. “They’re all happening right now, and yeah, we’re all equal across the board,” the 45-year-old actress said of the current contract negotiations.
“It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s—goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it,” she added.
Newton also vowed to turn down any future project that didn’t offer equal offer. “I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not. F**k that,” she said. “It literally sets a precedent, and [HBO is] leading the way, which is amazing.”
Earlier in the week, in a video made for The Wrap, Wood revealed that she too had been paid less than her male co-stars on the HBO drama, although she also announced that will change but not until the third season (which won’t air until 2019 if the show is renewed for another season).
“I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars,” Wood said in the video, above. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey, you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts. Never, never.’”
As she explained, “I’m always fighting for that. And I have turned down projects — ‘Westworld’, it’s like, I get it a little more. It’s like, ‘Well, you’re Anthony Hopkins or Ed Harris.’ But I think now we’re all doing equal amounts of work and really hard work.”
In fact, Wood revealed that she’s been earning “pretty much the same amount of money on things for years,” adding: “I have not moved. And I’m not saying I’m in dire straits. I’m very lucky… It’s more about if you’re getting paid fairly, or the same, or if you’re getting paid less simply because you’re a woman. That’s not fair.”
Experiencing salary equality for the first time, she admitted, has been gratifying. “There’s a lot of politics, but there’s a lot of things that are now being talked about in a different way,” Wood said. “There is a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes. There is a lot of trying to make things equal and trying to make things fair. I don’t know, there is a lot of stuff. But this is the first time that somebody made a point of being like, ‘Hey, you’re getting this. And you deserve it.’ And that was nice.”
The second season of “Westworld” debuts on Sunday, April 22.