Kevin Spacey’s well-publicized scandal led director Ridley Scott to make the unprecedented decision to recast his completed film “All the Money in the World”, with Christopher Plummer taking over Spacey’s role — which ultimately cracked open an entirely different scandal when it emerged that Wahlberg’s contract specified he would be paid $1.5 million for reshoots, while co-star Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for those same reshoots.
Williams appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to advocate for legislation that would close the gender pay gap, reports People, joining Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus to mark Equal Pay Day.
“It’s the kind of story I would normally resist: the morality tale with a happy ending, or rather a happy beginning because that’s really why I’m here,” Williams told lawmakers. “There won’t be satisfaction for me until I can exhaust my efforts ensuring that all women experience the elevation of their self-worth and its connection to the elevation of their market worth.”
In her speech, the four-time Oscar nominee opened up about learning of the massive pay disparity.
“In late 2017, the news broke that I’d been paid less than $1,000 compared to the $1.5 million that my male counterpart had received for the exact same amount of work,” she explained. “And guess what, no one cared. This came as no surprise to me, it simply reinforced my life-learned belief that equality is not an inalienable right and that women would always be working just as hard for less money while shouldering more responsibility at home.”
However, Williams admitted she was “paralyzed in feelings of futility” after the truth was revealed. “I’ve been a working actress since the age of 12. I’ve been accredited by my industry at the highest levels and that still didn’t translate to equal compensation. Months passed and the actress Jessica Chastain, with whom I had in fact played sisters, offered to take my story to her Twitter.”
Williams, 38, added, “Jessica’s audience was much wider than mine and she wasn’t afraid to pick up a megaphone and be heard. Heard she was, there was an uproar and a public shaming within my industry that resulted in a $2 million donation to the Time’s Up Defence Fund.”
The good news, Williams shared, is that meaningful change finally appears to be taking place in her industry.
“I could tell my workplace was shifting. Rather than being grasped too tightly or hugged for too long as a morning greeting, my hand was shaken and I was looked squarely in the eye and I was welcomed to my Monday morning,” she said, adding: “On the job I just completed two weeks ago, I have to tell you, I was paid equally with my male costar.”
Williams remarks come just before the 11-minute mark in the video that Pelosi shared on Twitter, below:
Following public outcry over the salary disparity, Walhberg donated the entire $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, while the actor’s agency, WME, donated an additional $500,000.
The $2-million donation was made in Williams’ name.