Hollyweird actress worth $40 million whines about pay inequality

Note to Swank: Many women in the real world negotiate their own salaries. Negotiating is a skill you learn. Maybe you should hire an agent who can negotiate on your behalf by playing some hardball. Or maybe add that critical talent to your repertoire.

Poor rich womyn....

Poor rich womyn….

From Daily Mail: A lot of actresses talk about how they have been affected by pay inequality in Hollywood. But Hilary Swank had some specific details to offer as she stopped by the Netflix series Chelsea.

While at a dinner party with director Ava DuVernay, actress Connie Britton and Miss USA Deshauna Barber, the 42-year-old beauty revealed she was offered $500,000 to star in a film where her male counterpart was getting a hefty $10 million.

Hilary would not name the film or the male actor, but she did let slide she already had two Oscars under her belt at the time, which means this took place after 2005.

When she asked why she was getting so much less, Swank was told it was because the actor was ‘hot.’ Hilary said: ‘The male hadn’t had any kind of critical success but he had been in a movie where he was “hot.” She added: ‘So, I said “no,” and then they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000. ‘So they made a savings of $450,000 to probably give the guy his bonuses.’

Talk of pay inequality for women was given a huge push when Patricia Arquette broached the subject while on stage as she received her Best Actress win at the Academy Awards this winter for her turn in Boyhood opposite Ethan Hawke.

‘To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,’ Arquette said at the time. ‘It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.’ Since then Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone have also touched on the subject.

During her Chelsea talk, Swank also talked about how she went without health insurance even after she won an Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry in 2000. She was 24-years-old at the time and was only paid $3,000 for the film. She had to have earned at least $5,000 to qualify for health insurance. ‘I had an Academy Award, no health insurance,’ Swank said.

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15 responses to “Hollyweird actress worth $40 million whines about pay inequality

  1. Tell her to whine to Hillary Clinton who doesn’t pay women on her staff as much as the men and to the Obama administration-same thing!

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  2. Hadenoughalready

    For some there’s no such thing as “enough”.

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    Until these dingbats can consider that there is an “equal right to life” for the unborn, their squabbles over equal pay, for any thing, seem rather petty to me.

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  4. In a way I see her point: The employer is always trying to get over on the employee. Swank is right about that much. And it’s the same on any job.


    • “And it’s the same on any job.” I would disagree with that comment, at least I have felt I’ve been rewarded appropriately in my career.

      Back in WA State, I earned good money in the marketing field and had great raises and bonuses, until after the 2008 recession. For each review, I completed comprehensive lists outlining my accomplishments and positive feedback from co-workers and clients.

      In Oklahoma, I’ve had the same job for two years and asked for and received good raises each year (good compared to what I make in a very small town). For each raise request, I comprised a one-page list for my employer detailing: 1) complimentary comments from clients, 2) additional tasks I took on during the past year, and 3) tasks I performed that went above and beyond my duties. Selling yourself is key to being able to negotiate (or paying an agent to negotiate on your behalf).

      I just don’t appreciate a rich womyn whining about not making enough money when she could be empowering/teaching women how to stand up for themselves. The victimhood mentality really irks me.

      Rant over 🙂


      • I see your point. All Right, Swank is Crank! But just because you believe you were adequately compensated, I hate to point out that NAFTA, CAFTA & GATT were the Three Stooges of Evil that failed to get you!
        Very few people are paid what they are worth since these “treaties” (NAFTA is a law, as it failed to pass as a treaty in the Senate), shipped our jobs overseas. The bigger point is that we’re living under a corporate fascism—AN EXTINCTION PROTOCOL—that is out to SUPPRESS American Workers wages. Swank may not be a DIRECT victim of that, but I see her point, REGARDLESS of her personal political lunacy.
        I call ’em like I see ’em!


  5. Well, let’s see, unless a worker (regardless of gender) is working a job with a set pay scale – like say in the military or some aspect of public safety for a couple of examples – the folks who write the pay checks will generally write those checks for what they think a particular individual’s work is worth. IOW, with a net worth of 40 million, perhaps this whiner should be thankful for what she has.
    Full disclosure: it would take me around 600 YEARS on my pension and SS disability to amass her fortune, and I live reasonably comfortably……………..

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  6. That pic of Hilary Swank: Eww.
    Camel toe alert!

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    • You’d think Hilary would have spent some of that $40 million on a mirror…


    • Leeann Springer

      The article refers to her as a 42 year old beauty. She may be 42, but a beauty she is not. I have a hunch the male actor is being paid more, because he looks much better than Swank. Leeann

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      • Simple explanation for Swank’s complaint that the unnamed male actor is paid more than her:

        When has ANYONE gone to see a movie because it’s a Hilary Swank movie?

        I have yet to see a movie she’s in, not even from Netflix, and sure won’t now.

        Hollywood conforms to and promotes the liberal agenda, but it’s bottom line is always money, i.e., box office. Swank may have awards & critical acclaim, but she is not and will never be a box office draw. And the more she whines that “gender inequality” is why she doesn’t get the same mega-pay as headlining male stars, the more she looks like a petulant, sore loser with delusions of grandeur. Her bio says she grew up poor, in trailer homes. Imagine what Americans still living in trailer homes think of her $40 million whining.

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  7. Swank is wrong on so many counts, but I’ll mention just two major ones … first, actors and actresses get paid in relation to their perceived impact on ticket sales. If producers thought audiences would go to see a movie just because Swank was in it, they would offer her considerably more money. But be honest, who would ever go to see a film just because Swank was in it? Not any heterosexual man that I know. She commonly plays masculine or lesbian roles, further diminishing her appeal to the opposite sex.

    Second, and directly related to the real impact of gender on her pay, the reason producers will pay a “hot” male more than someone like Swank is that WOMEN will pay to see a movie that has a hot guy in it, even if it’s not in a genre they’d normally enjoy, particularly in the company of a date. Both men and women will pay to see a “cool” actor; the men b/c they want to be like him, the women b/c he’s good-looking. So if Swank wants to blame anyone for a studio paying a “hot” actor more than her, the people to blame are the female movie-goers who endorse and enable this practice.

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  8. Must be taking a hit in her Q rating. Time to say something stupid to raise the numbers.

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  9. Ms. Skank…er…I mean Swank…you look a wee little bit like a man, if you don’t mind me saying. Since gender-benders are tres chic right now, and since you have experience playing a male, why don’t you just stick with that and stop belly-aching? Perhaps you just aint that pretty… or talented!

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