Your daily dose of #Ask4More inspiration comes from Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain today. Chastain, who has been outspoken about the pay gap in Hollywood for years opened up to Variety Magazine about how she negotiates her salary for every role she takes. She told the mag: "What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do. But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting."
But Chastain wasn't always a stealth negotiator. She also had a bit of a learning curve when it came to asking for more. In the past in her career she wouldn't even be able to agree to the deal until the studio knew her male co-star was signed on and what his compensation would be. "They would wait and see what they had left over, even if they’d come to me first. And so I stopped doing that. Now, if someone comes to me and has an offer but wants to wait, I’m like, “Goodbye.” If you want me in your film, do a favored-nation clause. Don’t determine my worth based on what’s left over."
Though she says her new tactic sometimes made her worry she had lost out on something great she knew in the end fighting for her self worth was the most important. "Even though I lost that film, I’ve created a boundary. I drew a line in the sand," she said.
Chastain is part of a handful of outspoken women in Hollywood opening up about the pay gap that exists in their industry and how they are trying to change it. Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson have all weighed in.
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