Charlize Theron demanded to be paid equally as her ‘The Huntsman’ co-star Chris Hemsworth after leaked Sony Hack emails.
The Sony Pictures emails leaked last month shed light on a time-honored practice in Hollywood: paying women less than men.
According to Page Six, standing up for her worth paid off for Charlize, who negotiated via her agents at WME. She got a deal worth more than $10 million, the same as Chris.
One source said, “Charlize insisted that she get paid the same money as Chris. She has a great track record, so she got the same deal.” Another insider added: “One knock-on effect from the Sony hacking scandal is that there will be more sensitivity about equal pay for actresses and hiring practices at movie studios.”
“The Huntsman,” a Universal picture, is a prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” with Chris and Charlize reprising their roles of huntsman Eric and evil queen Ravenna. The film, directed by Frank Darabont, is in pre-production and will be released in April 2016. The deals were handled carefully because of the drama surrounding the first movie after star Kristen Stewart was caught having an affair with director Rupert Sanders. It resulted in Rupert’s divorce from wife Liberty Ross and his being dropped from directing the sequel. Despite the scandal, the film was a hit, with $396.5 million at the global box office. Kristen is not in the new movie because it doesn’t involve her character.
The salary move comes after hacked Sony e-mails revealed that the female stars of “American Hustle,” including Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, earned less than their male co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper. A 2013 e-mail from Andrew Gumpert of Columbia Pictures, a Sony subsidiary, to studio chief Amy Pascal revealed Jennifer was paid “7 pts” (7 percent of the movie’s profits) while Bradley, Christian and Jeremy Renner got 9 percent.
Way to go Charlize!