Robin Wright Demanded To Be Paid The Same As Kevin Spacey For ‘House of Cards’ Because She’s Actually Claire Underwood
Equal pay for women has continued to be an issue in nearly every career field – even for leading ladies in Hollywood. Actress Robin Wright, who is known for her current role as the ruthless First Lady Claire Underwood on House of Cards, decided to negotiate for equal pay on the popular Netflix series. Wright demanded the same pay as Kevin Spacey, who plays her co-star President Frank Underwood, or she would put the show’s salary gods on blast in public. Wright has starred on House of Cards, a political drama surrounding a couple’s manipulative path toward the White House, since it debuted in 2013 and has helped the show break barriers as a web TV series.
She made the revelation during an interview with Judith Rodin, the president of Rockefeller Foundation, during a recent NYC event with the Huffington Post. Here’s what she had to say, according to Huffington Post:
“It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And, they are in House of Cards…I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s Character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
Her co-star Kevin Spacey was reportedly making $500,000 per episode (that’s one well-paid POTUS) in 2014 compared to Robin, who was making about $420,000 per episode in 2015. Yes, it’s a shitload of money for us normal people, but can we really blame her for not wanting to make millions dollars less than her co-star? And she has certainly earned her salary since she has been in every single episode and is an executive producer as well as an occasional director on the series, on top of being the heart and goddamn soul of the show.
In addition to her many jobs, she also won Best Actress – Television Series Drama at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards and made history as the first person to win a major award for an online TV show. Like, give Robin Wright her damn money.
She’s not the only leading lady to fight for her right for equal pay. Recently, fellow actress Patricia Arquette joined forces with U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney on Equal Pay Day to talk about wage gaps between men and women in America. Arquette, an Oscar-winning actress, said the issue has “reached a breaking point” and is impacting women across the board because it’s causing them to earn much less during their lifetimes. I’m sure she is doing a might fist-pump over the equal pay power move that Robin Wright made — and she’s not the only one. Other celebrities hopped on Twitter to show their support of Robin’s push to close her wage gap.
Yeah, we may not bring in a million dollars a year, but Robin’s story shows us a few things:
- Know Your Worth: Take inventory of all the kick-ass things you are doing in your career. Those experiences can help you gain a little leverage later on.
- Speak Up: It’s hard to ask for a raise, but you don’t know until you ask. Robin could have settled, but she decided to say eff it and go for the gusto.
- Bring Receipts: If you know your worth and you’ve kept up with all the awesome things you have done, then it will be easy to display why you deserves more dollars in your paycheck.
Long story short: Claire Underwood doesn’t play games. Claire Underwood gets what she wants. Be like Claire.