Maybe boys don’t cry because they don’t have to worry about the wage gap.
Hilary Swank opened up about being underpaid, despite critically acclaimed, for her work in Hollywood.
“When I did Boys Don’t Cry, I was 24 years old. I made $3,000,” she said on Chelsea. ”In order to have health insurance, you have to make $5,000, so I didn’t even know that I didn’t have health insurance until I went and tried to get a prescription filled. They said, ‘That’s $160.’ … I had an Academy Award [and] no health insurance.”
She continued, ”Then I win my second Academy Award, and the next couple movies later, I get offered a movie but the male [lead] hadn’t had any kind of critical success, but had been in a movie where he was hot,” she said. “He got offered $10 million and I got offered $500,000.”
Thankfully, Swank wouldn’t settle for less than her worth, not just as an actress, but as a woman.
“I said no, and they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000,” she said. “They made a savings of $450,000, probably to give the guy his bonuses.”
We’re not sure who that guy is or what movie it was, but good on Swank for skipping out.