The topic of the lack of equal pay between actors and actresses in Hollywood has not subsided for several years now, with examples of serious disparities in fees constantly appearing, which in most cases are to the detriment of women.
Back in 2018, it was reported that actress Bryce Dallas Howard received $8 million for her role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while her co-star Chris Pratt took home $10 million for the same film.
Now, however, a few months after the premiere of the final film of the trilogy – “Jurassic World: Reign”, Howard claims that the difference was greater.
“I was paid so much less than reported, so much less,” she commented in an interview with “Insider”, although she did not reveal the exact amount.
“When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was 2014 and it was a different world, and I was at a very disadvantageous position,” says the actress.
She points out that she had to sign a contract to appear in three films – the first “Jurassic World” and its two sequels, so it was clear from the beginning how much she would get for her participation in each of them.
As for Chris Pratt, Howard praised her on-screen partner for fighting for her to get equal pay for those things in the franchise that weren’t specified in the original contract. This includes royalties for Jurassic World video games and roller coasters inspired by the films.
“You don’t have to do anything. I’ll negotiate. We’ll be paid the same, and you don’t have to think about it, Bryce,” Pratt told her colleague, according to her own recollection.
“I love him so much for doing it. Really, because I got paid more for those things than for the movie,” the actress explains.
She and Pratt headlined the Jurassic World trilogy, which began with the film of the same name in 2015 and continued with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World: Reign (2022). The first film alone grossed $1.67 billion at the worldwide box office, with the next two grossing $1.3 billion and $974 million, respectively.
In recent years, various actresses have raised the issue of the lack of equal pay for men and women in Hollywood.
Ellen Pompeo, the face of Grey’s Anatomy, told Variety in 2019 that she was on the verge of leaving after finding out that in the first episodes her co-star Patrick Dempsey was paid almost double her salary .
In the same year, Michelle Williams expressed her disappointment when it became clear that her co-star Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million for additional shots of the movie “All the Money in the World,” while she herself received only $1,000.
A study by economists from several universities published in 2019 found that Hollywood actors earn an average of $1.1 million more per role than their female counterparts with the same experience.
The study was based on the fees of 246 men and women who appeared in 1,343 films between 1980 and 2015. Another finding was that the gap hasn’t changed much in those more than three decades.