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Robin Wright outraged Kevin Spacey is paid more for House of Cards

19 May 2017

Actress Robin Wright, who is popularly known for her role as First Lady Claire Underwood in the Netflix political drama House Of Cards, has opened up about gender pay gap with co-star Kevin Spacey as she posed topless for the photoshoot of weekly digital magazine, The Edit.

"Trump has stolen all of our ideas for season 6", she said with a laugh. "You're a woman, you wear a dress, and people say, 'Why won't they ask about the men and their tuxedoes and suits?' Because they're all wearing the same thing", Wright said at a talk for Women in Motion.

Arguing that her character is just as "powerful" as Kevin's murderous president Frank Underwood, she fumed: "Claire and Francis are equivalent as far as their power, their union and the plot". "I want Michelle Obama up there. I didn't know what to do with it", she said.

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Wright had previously said in an interview a year ago that she had threatened studio bosses with going public unless they agreed to equal pay, which they had claimed to do.

But Wright has an idea of who she'd like to see calling the shots at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. "She's the best of both sexes".

Wright said that the time has come for Hollywood to encourage more perspectives, not just by endorsing more female directors, but by also supporting filmmakers by different ethnicities.

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"I was told that I was getting equal pay and I believed them, and I found out recently that it's not true", Wright said. "Feminism is just equality". Insiders had said that number may have moved up to $1 million since that time, while Wright was making around $420,000 an episode.

"Everyone is talking around the (water) cooler saying, 'We have four more years of this! Equal work, equal pay".

But she said feminism was about more than calling out crude discrimination.

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Wright thinks that the situation in Hollywood is improving, but she's had her own disturbing experiences with sexism and harassment in the movie business.

Robin Wright outraged Kevin Spacey is paid more for House of Cards