Mark Wahlberg knows we still have a “long way to go” before women and men are paid equally.
“We want to continue to make sure that everybody feels that we’re having equal opportunity and equal pay for everybody,” the actor told Extra on Wednesday evening at CinemaCon while promoting his upcoming film “Mile 22.”
Wahlberg, 46, was put in the hot seat in January when it was reported that he made over 1,000 times more than his co-star Michelle Williams for their work on the film “All The Money In The World.” USA Today reported that Wahlberg earned $1.5 million for the reshoot of the movie (actor Kevin Spacey was replaced in the film after allegations of sexual assault emerged against him) while Williams received less than $1,000.
“If there was a discrepancy in what we were doing in making the movie, we have a long way to go,” Wahlberg said. “We need to work together to make sure that everybody gets an equal opportunity out there.”
A few days after the initial report of pay inequity on set, Wahlberg announced that he planned to donate his $1.5 million reshoot fee to the anti-sexual violence organization Time’s Up, created in January by women in Hollywood.
“I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay,” he wrote at the time. “And I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”
Mark Wahlberg with daughter Ella Rae
Mark Wahlberg with daughter Ella Rae
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and Ella Rae Wahlberg leave the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Mark Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg and Rhea Durham attend a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 2: Mark Wahlberg and Ella Wahlberg attend the Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala on October 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Actor Mark Wahlberg, wife Rhea Durham and daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg attend Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Rhea Durham, Mark Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, Grace Margaret Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg and Michael Wahlberg attend Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Model Rhea Durham, daughter Ella Wahlberg and actor Mark Wahlberg arrive at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Mark Wahlberg, Brendan Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg, Rhea Durham, and Michael Wahlberg attend the US premiere of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and his daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Lego Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Fergie, actor Mark Wahlberg and daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg pose in The Sims 3 Pets green room at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and daughter Ella Wahlberg attend the Minnie Gifting Lounge during the 2013 Radio Disney Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Disney)