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Olivia Colman: The actress says: I would have been paid more if I were Oliver

Olivia Colman: The actress says: I would have been paid more if I were Oliver

  • Written by Ian Young
  • Entertainment and arts reporter

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Oscar-winning British actress Olivia Colman has said she would be paid “a lot more” for her films if she were a man.

“I fully realize that if I were Oliver Coleman, I would earn a lot more than I do,” she told CNN.

“I know of one pay differential that was 12,000%. Do the math.”

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Coleman said: “Research indicates that they… [women] They have always been big draws at the box office.

“Don't get me started on pay disparity, but male actors get paid more because… [executives] They used to say [male actors] Draw in the masses. In fact, this has not been true for decades.

“But they still want to use that as a reason why women aren’t paid as much as their male counterparts, especially in our industry.”

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Colman won an Oscar for The Favorite in 2019

Colman joined Hollywood's A-list in 2019 when she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, and has since received two further nominations.

She recently appeared in the movie Wonka and will appear in the upcoming Paddington In Peru.

Her television credits include Heartstopper and Secret Invasion, and she played Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of Netflix's The Crown.

Equal pay in Hollywood was thrust into the spotlight after emails from Sony executives were hacked in 2014, which revealed, among other things, that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars in American Hustle.


Lawrence later wrote that she did not want to push for more during negotiations because she “didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled'.”

“At the time, this seemed like a good idea, until I saw the payroll online and realized that every man I was working with certainly wasn't worried about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'

The treatment of women in Hollywood has continued to be in the spotlight as the #MeToo movement takes off.

When Kevin Spacey was dropped from All the Money in the World following allegations against him, another scandal erupted when it was revealed that actor Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshoots while star Michelle Williams received only $80 per day for All the Money. in the world. Expenses.

Coleman's comments suggest that the gender pay gap is an ongoing issue.

February this year, Research said Only 30 of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2023 featured women or girls in lead roles — down from 44 the previous year, the lowest level in nearly a decade.

When Forbes published its latest annual list of the highest-paid actors earlier this month, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Aniston were the only women in the top ten.

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