Michelle Williams ‘Paralyzed’ By Payment Disparity For ”All The Money In The World’ Reshoots

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Michelle Williams recently spoke about receiving a remarkably smaller paycheck compared to her male co-stars in ‘All the Money in the World’.

Speaking at Washington DC for Equal Pay Day, the actress recalled the time she received less than $1,000 for the reshoots she did for the said Ridley Scott film, while her co-star, Mark Wahlberg, received $1.5 million. The reshoots took place after one of the movie’s original cast members, Kevin Spacey, was removed after he was hit with sexual misconduct allegations.

Williams said she was “paralyzed” upon hearing the news about the pay disparity and how initial reaction towards it was lacking, The Guardian reported. The controversy only came to the public’s attention when Jessica Chastain wrote about it in a tweet.

When ‘All the Money in the World’ started production, Williams was already a four-time Oscar-nominated actress. This, however, did not give her immunity to pay discrimination.

“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,” she told the audience.

The issue eventually picked up heat and as a result of which the Time’s Up Defense Fund received a $2 million donation. Wahlberg also donated his salary to Time’s Up. It was not revealed whether Williams received an increase in her paycheck.

Ever since opening up about the payment disparity, plus the subsequent traction and support it received, Williams said she’s is experiencing an improvement in her workplace, with her now taking better command of her position.

Meanwhile, Williams stars in FX’s limited series ‘Fosse/Verdon’. Created by Ryan Murphy, the series follows the romantic and creative relationships of renowned director/choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his legendary muse, Gwen Verdon (Williams).

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