Jessica Chastain’s battle for equal pay earned her and Octavia Spencer a hefty increase.
Octavia Spencer revealed Wednesday that her “Assist” co-star helped negotiate equal pay for Spencer on their upcoming vacation comedy.
Spencer mentioned on the Hollywood International Press Affiliation’s “Ladies Breaking Obstacles” panel that Chastain approached her 15 months in the past about doing a comedy collectively.
Six months later, Spencer mentioned, they had been speaking about pay fairness.
“I mentioned, ‘However right here’s the factor, ladies of colour on that spectrum, we make far lower than white ladies. So, if we’re gonna have that dialog about pay fairness, we gotta convey the ladies of colour to the desk,’” Spencer mentioned.
“And I advised her my story, and we talked numbers, and he or she was quiet, and he or she mentioned she had no concept that that’s what it was like for girls of colour.”
By way of tears, Spencer credited Chastain for “strolling the stroll” and “speaking the discuss.”
“She mentioned, ‘You and I are gonna be tied collectively. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the identical factor, you will make that quantity,’” the actress mentioned.
“Quick ahead to final week, we’re making 5 occasions what we requested for.”
Chastain and Spencer, who labored collectively on the 2011 “Assist,” will reunite for a comedy about attempting to get dwelling for the vacations.
Chastain will co-write the script, which was picked up by Common.