Gender pay discrepancy has reared its ugly head once again.
In March, it was revealed that leading star of The Crown, Claire Foy, was paid less than her male counterpart (and arguably “supporting actor”) Matt Smith.
The royal uproar prompted producers of the Netflix show to apologise and state that from season 3, “no one will be paid higher than the Queen.”
It now appears, however, that Miss Foy was not the only lead actress in a hit TV series whose pay check is bowing to that of her male co-stars.
In an interview with The Wrap, Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood — whose character Dolores provides narration and is central to the plot — revealed that she was not paid equally for the award-winning show’s first 2 seasons.
“I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars,” she stated. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re getting equal pay.’ And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts. Never, never.’”
But the 30 year old says that that pay hike will only kick in for the show’s 3rd season — if there is one.
“It’s more about if you’re getting paid fairly, or the same, or if you’re getting paid less simply because you’re a woman, that’s not fair,” she said.
Let’s hope there is a 3rd season — not just because Westworld is fantastic, but because Evan deserves it.