Octavia Spencer weighs in on pay disparity: 'I am not mad at [Mark] Wahlberg for asserting his worth'

Mark Wahlberg, who this week is facing criticism for demanding $1.5 million to reshoot scenes for "All the Money in the World," has found an unlikely defender in Octavia Spencer.

Many were incensed to learn that Wahlberg snagged the hefty paycheck while co-star Michelle Williams took home less than $1,000, or less than 1% than her male co-star. But Octavia Spencer is offering a different perspective.

"So... I am about to say something that will likely ruffle feathers, but sometimes we need it," Spencer wrote on Instagram. "I am not mad at Wahlberg for asserting his worth and demanding to be paid for reshoots."

Instead, she said, "I’m upset with how the situation was presented to Michelle. She should have been given all the information to make an informed not emotional decision. We have to take a page out of this playbook of negotiating."

She added the hashtag "KnowOurWorth."

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HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 27: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the Comedy Central Emmy Party held at the Falcon on August 27, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the premiere Of DreamWorks Pictures' 'The Help' held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actress Octavia Spencer attends Project Angel Food's 2011 Divine Design Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on December 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 'Fruitvale Station' Photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Neither Wahlberg nor Michelle has publicly weighed in on the controversy, but other famous faces have in addition to Spencer. Busy Phillipps, Jessica Chastain, Judd Apatow and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were among the stars voicing their opinions about the discrepancy.

Spencer also encouraged her followers to go to the movies -- but not to see "All the Money in the World." Pointing out that studios have been reluctant to produce films led by women of color, she said, "This weekend my girl Taraji P. Henson has Proud Mary opening. Let's help her have a huge weekend so that the next time they say [women of color] don't open movies, we can point to 'Hidden Figures,' 'Girls' Trip' and 'Proud Mary' as recent debunkers."

Spencer's enthusiasm for the "Proud Mary" coincides with questions about Sony's interest in promoting it. Some insiders have speculated that the studio may be "underselling" the film, declining to show screenings and ramp up marketing efforts. Studios often "bury" films they don't expect to perform well in January.

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