Hilary Swank shares shocking Hollywood gender pay gap story

Actress was offered a salary 20 times smaller than her less acclaimed male co-star

Hilary Swank has spoken about the time a male co-star was offered a salary 20 times larger than hers.

Although Swank had recently won her second Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, she was offered a far smaller fee than an actor with a less substantial reputation.

She recalled on Chelesa Hander’s Netflix show: “Then I win my second Academy Award, and the next couple movies later, I get offered a movie. The male [lead] hadn’t had any kind of critical success, but had been in a movie where he was hot. And he got offered $10 million, and I got offered $500,000. That’s the truth. The truth.”


Swank then explained that she turned down the film for obvious reasons. “And then they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000,” she continued. “So they made a savings of $450,000, probably to give the guy his bonuses.”

Watch Swank discussing the experience below, at 1 minute 30 seconds into the interview.

Meanwhile, Emma Stone has also spoken about Hollywood’s gender pay gap in a recent interview with Vogue.

“We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly,” she said. “I’ve been lucky enough to have equal pay to my male costars. Not ‘lucky.’ I’ve had pay equal to my male costars in the past few films. But our industry ebbs and flows in a way that’s like, ‘How much are you bringing into the box office?’ ‘How much are you the draw or is the other person the draw?'”