It’s time to pay Viola Davis.
The Oscar-winning actress spoke out about pay inequality in Hollywood at a Women in the World event in Los Angeles.
“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Juilliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them,” Davis, a Julliard graduate, said.
“Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”
The 52-year-old actress currently stars in Shonda Rhimes’ “How to Get Away with Murder, but is best known for the silver screen, including the 2008 “Doubt,” which co-starred Streep.
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“People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep, we love you. There is no one like you,” Davis said. “OK, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth.”
The argument for pay equality in Hollywood has taken on new life recently, including for Michelle Williams’ substantially smaller paycheck for “All the Money in the World” reshoots, when Mark Wahlberg reportedly earned 1,500 times more than her.
Catt Sadler left E! News after learning she learned half of co-host Jason Kennedy, while Emma Stone said she had been on movies where male co-stars took pay cuts to even out the salaries.
“You’ll have a Shailene Woodley, who’s fabulous. And she may have had 37 magazine covers in one year. 37!” Davis said.
“And then you’ll have someone — a young actress of color who’s on her same level of talent and everything. And she may get four. And there is sense in our culture that you have to be happy with that.”
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