Natalie Portman is the latest in a long string of celebs who are speaking out about the gender wage gap in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Marie Claire, the 35-year-old actress said she was paid a shocking amount less than her No Strings Attached co-star Ashton Kutcher.
"[He] was paid three times as much as me," she said to the publication. "I knew and I went along with it because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood."
She went on to explain exactly what that "quotes system" is. Essentially, when an actor signs on to a project, they receive their salary in the form of a quote, or as a percentage of the film's profits.
The Jackie actress elaborated that Kutcher's quote for his part "was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more" in salary.
Though she was upset by the negotiations, she claims she didn't fight back. "I wasn't as p***** as I should have been... I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."
According to Natalie, while women make 80 cents to the male dollar in most other professions, in Hollywood women make only 30 cents.
Her sentiments are remarkably similar to those of Jennifer Lawrence who has publicly protested the fact she was paid unfairly for her role in American Hustle. According to leaked emails from Sony, the actress was paid two per cent less than her male counterparts in the film (Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper).
Writing on Lena Dunham's blog Lenny in October 2015, the Academy Award winner said: “I got mad at myself... I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early... I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'”