In the days and weeks since Chadwick Boseman sadly lost his battle with cancer, stories have trickled out about his real-life heroism. Although he was a good actor, it seems that he didn’t have to reach to play a hero. He walked the walk in real life. Now Sienna Miller spoke up about a story involving the salary Chadwick Boseman took on 21 Bridges, her salary, and how he made it better for her.
Pay Equity Has Been and Still Is a Hot Topic
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World, image via Sony Pictures
Following the #MeToo movement, a lot of actresses have brought up the subject of pay equity. Put simply, in the past, studios have tended to pay actresses a lot less than their counterparts. For instance, one of the most widely reported examples was when the studio paid Mark Wahlberg $5 million for All the Money in the World while they paid Michelle Williams $625K for a part of equal importance and work.
When they had to reshoot the movie, because Kevin Spacey…etc., Wahlberg pocketed an extra $1.5 million. Meanwhile, they scraped up the change in their couch cushions and threw a cool $80 per diem to Williams. Again, that is eighty dollars per day. (Wahlberg later donated the reshoot bump to the Time’s Up campaign.)
Chadwick Boseman Salary Also Became Sienna Miller’s Salary
While Wahlberg donated his extra salary and Bradley Cooper spoke out in support of his underpaid costars, other actors didn’t always react with the same grace. (Sorry, we can’t all run our own money-suck apps, bro.) But Chadwick Boseman, in-real-life king, actually put up (and also shut up).
As she told Empire magazine, Sienna Miller, Boseman’s 21 Bridges costar, asked for a salary “that the studio wouldn’t get to.” As she says, “…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 I’m compensated in the right way.'” When the studio balked, Boseman stepped up and gave up part of his salary to meet her number.
Miller says she was unsure if she’d ever tell the story publicly. Ultimately, she decided to “because I think it’s a testament to who he was.” As she remembers:
“It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.’ It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully. In the aftermath of this I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness, it was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.’”
Hail, Chadwick Boseman, the hero we needed.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.