Octavia Spencer says Jessica Chastain helped her make five times her asking salary

Jessica Chastain has long spoken up about equal pay for women in the film industry — and according to her costar on an upcoming comedy, Octavia Spencer, she's "walking the walk" in helping other women close the wage gap, too.

During the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's "Women Breaking Barriers" panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday with Tina Lifford, Reed Morano, Sandra Oh and Cathy Schulman, Spencer told attendees she had a "story" to tell the audience for the first time about her former co-star on 2011's The Help and future costar in an upcoming comedy for Universal.

Spencer said Chastain approached her about working on a comedy together about 15 months ago and that the idea made sense to both because Chastain had wanted to do a comedy and Spencer wanted to "break out of period pieces."

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Octavia Spencer during 'The Lake House' Premiere - Arrivals at Cineramadome in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 24: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the premiere of Dimension Films' 'Halloween II' held at Grauman's Chinese Theater on August 24, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Emmy week kick off cocktail party at Cecconi's Restaurant on September 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: Actress Octavia Spencer attends 'Criadas y Senoras' (The Help) photocall at Hesperia Hotel on October 3, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Octavia Spencer attends the UK premiere of 'The Help' at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at ELLE's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute held at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 07: Octavia Spencer attends the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Octavia Spencer attends African-American Film Critic's Association awards at AAFCA Clubhouse on January 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at W Magazine And Dom Perignon Celebrate It's Best Performances Issue And The Golden Globe Awards at the Chateau Marmont on January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Octavia Spencer poses in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage) 22005_007_JS_0402.JPG
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer poses in the press room at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at The Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on February 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Octavia Spencer attends the 8th annual GSLEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 19th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's 'Fruitvale Station' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA- AUGUST 25: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Octavia Spencer arrives at the The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governor Awards at Dolby Theatre on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 20: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Fox Summer TCA All-Star party held at the SOHO house on July 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Octavia Spencer arrives at the 'Black And White' Premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeremychanphotography/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the premiere of 'Black or White' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Octavia Spencer arrives at the AARP 14th Annual 'Movies For Grownups' Awards Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Octavia Spencer arrives for AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala - Arrivals at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Host Octavia Spencer attends the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for UNICEF )
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About six months later, she says they were talking together about pay equity. "I said, ‘But here’s the thing, women of color on that spectrum, we make far less than white women. So, if we’re gonna have that conversation about pay equity, we gotta bring the women of color to the table,’" Spencer told attendees. "And I told her my story, and we talked numbers, and she was quiet, and she said she had no idea that that’s what it was like for women of color.”

She added, while choking down tears, “I love that woman, because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk. She said, ‘Octavia, we’re gonna get you paid on this film."

Spencer added, "She said, 'You and I are gonna be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing, you are going to make that amount.’ Fast forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.”

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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered.) Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor Jessica Chastain attends the after party for Al Pacino stars in Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' on April 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Actress Jessica Chastain attends 'The New Garde: A Celebration of Fashion' sponsored by Gen Art and Acura on March 16, 2007 at Ivar Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
FRANCE - JUNE 30: Celebrities At Dior Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Haute-Couture Fashion Show In Paris, France On June 30, 2008 - Jessica Chastain. (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at The HFPA Salute To Young Hollywood Party held at Nobu on December 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the Premiere of 'Bright Star' Presented by Vanity Fair & Apparition at Paris Theatre on September 14, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
Jessica Chastain is seen in West Hollywood on March 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actresses Jessica Chastain and Kat Dennings wearing Calvin Klein Collection attend attend ELLE's 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actress Jessica Chastain poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival at The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift on January 25, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 'Coriolanus' press conference during day five of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 14, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the Calvin Klein Event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Martinez Hotel on May 12, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 07: Member of Jury Jessica Chastain delivers a speach before the tribute to Actor/director Forest Whitaker during Marrakech International Film Festival 2011 on December 7, 2011 in Marrakech, Morocco. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at Electrolux at Opening Night of The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux)
US actress Jessica Chastain poses before the screening of 'Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted' presented out of competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 'Zero Dark Thirty' Los Angeles Premiere at Dolby Theatre on December 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN AS PRINCESS MERIDA -- In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, taken September 25, 2013 in Cold Spring, NY, Jessica Chastain poses for acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz as Merida, the adventurous princess from 'Brave.' The newest 'Disney Dream Portrait' was commissioned by Disney Parks for their ongoing celebrity advertising campaign which debuted in 2007. The Leibovitz image, which will appear in the February issue of 'O - The Oprah Magazine,' is entitled, 'Where your destiny awaits.' (Photo by Scott Brinegar/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2014 InStyle And Warner Bros. 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for InStyle)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 05: Actress Jessica Chastain is photographed for Self Assignment on September 5, 2014 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Berthier/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Jessica Chastain attends the 'Interstellar' European Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on October 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Jessica Chastain attends at a special screening of 'Interstellar Live' at Royal Albert Hall on March 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2015 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jessica Chastain arrives at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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