Michelle Williams Was 'Paralyzed' After Learning Costar Mark Wahlberg Was Paid More Than Her https://t.co/FV4YtNDZ2y— People (@people) April 2, 2019
Michelle Williams spoke on Capitol Hill today regarding the gender gay gap. It was reported that she was paid a per diem of $80 a day for reshoots on the Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World while her costar Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million.
“It’s the kind of story I would normally resist: the morality tale with a happy ending, or rather a happy beginning because that’s really why I’m here,” Williams said. “There won’t be satisfaction for me until I can exhaust my efforts ensuring that all women experience the elevation of their self-worth and its connection to the elevation of their market worth.”
“In late 2017, the news broke that I’d been paid less than $1,000 compared to the $1.5 million that my male counterpart had received for the exact same amount of work,” she continued. “And guess what, no one cared. This came as no surprise to me, it simply reinforced my life-learned belief that equality is not an inalienable right and that women would always be working just as hard for less money while shouldering more responsibility at home.”
Williams said she was “paralyzed in feelings of futility” after learning of the pay disparity.
“I’ve been a working actress since the age of 12. I’ve been accredited by my industry at the highest levels and that still didn’t translate to equal compensation. Months passed and the actress Jessica Chastain, with whom I had in fact played sisters, offered to take my story to her Twitter,” Williams said. She added, “Jessica’s audience was much wider than mine and she wasn’t afraid to pick up a megaphone and be heard. Heard she was, there was an uproar and a public shaming within my industry that resulted in a $2 million donation to the Time’s Up Defense Fund.”
“I could tell my workplace was shifting. Rather than being grasped too tightly or hugged for too long as a morning greeting, my hand was shaken and I was looked squarely in the eye and I was welcomed to my Monday morning,” she said.
Williams added, “On the job I just completed two weeks ago, I have to tell you, I was paid equally with my male costar.”