Claire Foy Calls ‘The Crown’ Gender Pay Gap A ‘Dirty Secret’: ‘I Was Deeply Hurt’

Claire Foy has some huge projects on the go starring opposite Ryan Gosling in the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” and with her part in the upcoming “The Girl In The Spider’s Web”, but the actress admits she’s still struggling with the fact that she was making less than her on-screen husband on “The Crown”.

“I was deeply hurt by it because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it,” Foy explains to NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine, PorterEdit after discovering her co-star Matt Smith was making approximately $17,000 CAD more per episode than she was. After the pay gap came to light, the company promised to rectify the discrepancy and provide the 34-year-old actress with back-pay.

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“I realized, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about. But then there was also that thing [of being] an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing,” she says. “And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know.”

Though Foy acknowledges she is able to speak out because she comes from a privileged position.

“You feel lucky to have a job,” she continues. “It’s so competitive. So, in that way, they rely on competitiveness and actors’ vulnerability to say, ‘They’ll accept it for 10 grand less.'”

To see the full interview with Foy read PorterEdit and/or download the Net-A-Porter app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Liz Collins/PorterEdit/ NET-A-PORTER.COM
Liz Collins/PorterEdit/ NET-A-PORTER.COM

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