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Natalie Portman Says Ashton Kutcher Got Paid 3 Times More Than Her For 'No Strings Attached'

The Hollywood wage gap is real.
PHOTO: No Strings Attached/Paramount Pictures

The Hollywood wage gap has gained yet another outspoken opponent—Natalie Portman, who says she got paid three times less than her co-star Ashton Kutcher for the 2011 movie No Strings Attached. "I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood," she told Marie Claire U.K. in a new interview. "His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."


The pay difference between male and female actors has come up a lot since the 2014 Sony hack, which revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were paid less than their male co-stars for American Hustle. In 2015, Jennifer wrote an essay for Lenny in which she said she was upset with herself for not being a more aggressive negotiator. "If I'm honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight," she wrote. "I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'" Amanda Seyfried and Rooney Mara have also discussed incidents where they found out their male co-stars were making than them, while Charlize Theron negotiated a pay raise after the Sony hack alerted her that Chris Hemsworth got a higher salary for The Huntsman: Winter's War.

Natalie Portman (and J.Law before her) admitted that it’s hard to feel sorry for actors getting paid millions but also said it’s important to acknowledge that inequality affects everyone at every level. "I don’t think women and men are more or less capable," she told Marie Claire. "We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities. We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem."

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.