Sianna Miller has revealed that the late actor Chadwick Boseman paid her part of her own salary to promote her when a film studio refused to fulfill her salary request.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Miller praised Bosman’s act as “about the most amazing thing I’ve experienced.”
Miller starred alongside the Black Panther star in the action thriller 21 Bridges, on which Boseman was also a producer, following her to play the role of detective Frankie Burns.
Tributes were paid in the last month when Bosman died at the age of 43, four years after colon cancer was diagnosed.
“He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was ten times more than that for me,” Miller said. “So they approached me to do it, they offered me this film, and it was at that point when I really didn’t want to work anymore. I was working non-stop and I was tired, but then I Wanted to work with him. “
She went on: “It was a very big budget film, and everyone understands about pay inequality in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio would not get.
“And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if compensated properly.” And Chadwick donated some of his salary to get me to the number I asked for. “
Miller said that such generosity and support in the film industry was unheard of. “[It] Just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You are being paid what you want, and what you deserve.’ It is unforgivable to imagine the decency or dignified behavior of any other man of that city. “
She said that she later told the male actor friends about Bosman’s antics and they all went home very quietly and probably sat talking for a while.
“But there was no pretense, it was, ‘Of course I’ll take you to that number, because you must be paid.”
Miller said on a special commemorative issue of Empire magazine that she was initially unsure whether to tell the story. “But I’m going to tell it, because I think it’s a testament to who he was,” she said.