During a panel at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, Octavia Spencer revealed that Jessica Chastain fought for her to pay five times her salary in an upcoming movie that the two are doing together.
Spencer said the two had been discussing making a comedy together for more than a year, and Chastain came to her in March with a project she was producing. When they started talking about paying for the film, "she said:" It's time for women to pay the same as for men! "And I tell them & # 39; Yes, Jessica … It's time! "And we were throwing bombs and taking everything out," Spencer said.
Spencer went on to say that he also mentioned a bigger problem for Chastain, the women of color. they do much less than white women in the entertainment industry. "I told her my story and we talked about numbers and [Chastain] she was quiet, and I had no idea that that was what it was for women of color," Spencer recalled.
Crying what she said were tears of happiness, Spencer said that Chastain promised that they would be tied, asking for the same salary and receiving the same amount for the film.
"Fast forward until last week, we are doing five times more than what we asked for, "he said.
"Jessica Chastain believes," added Spencer. "She is walking". And now I want to go to what men are doing, but now it feels really good just in that conversation. "
The two continued the online discussion, with Chastain tweeting on Wednesday in response to the story." She had been badly paid for so long. When I discovered that, I realized that I could tie his deal to mine to show his date. Men should start doing this with their female peers. "
Spencer also wrote her story on Twitter, posting "I must clarify that I'm doing 5 times my salary because Jessica was with me. I do not even know what it costs you at all in terms of its price, I just know you were with me and I'm eternally grateful. "
In the wake of the Time & # 39; s Up movement, wage discrepancies in Hollywood come under fire, especially Between men and women, last month, it was revealed that Mark Wahlberg raised $ 1.5 million for "All the money in the world", while his co-star Michelle Williams won $ 1000. Then he went on to donate the salary of the rescues to Time & # 39; s Up on behalf of Williams.