Robin Wright Demanded to Be Paid the Same as Kevin Spacey for ‘House of Cards’
Claire Underwood gets what Claire Underwood wants.
Just like her House of Cards character, Robin Wright isn’t a doormat who takes things lying down. While speaking at an event hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday (May 17, 2016), the 50-year-old revealed that she demanded Netflix to pay her the same as co-star Kevin Spacey after finding out that her character is actually more popular her male counterpart.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” Wright, is also one of the show’s executive producers and occasional directors, said. “I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.'”
“And they did,” she continued, smiling.
Spacey was reportedly pulling in $500,000 per episode in 2014, putting his salary at an estimated $6.5 million. Forbes later reported that Wright made $5.5 million for her role as the ruthless First Lady last year, earning around $420,000 for each episode.
At the same seminar, Wright opened up about the barriers she faces as a working woman in Hollywood. Looking back, The actress admitted her career took a turn when she stepped out of the spotlight to care for her children, who are now in their 20s.
“Because I wasn’t working full time, I wasn’t building my salary bracket. If you don’t build that … with notoriety and presence, you’re not in the game anymore. You become a B-list actor. You’re not box office material,” Wright, who has two grown children with ex-husband Sean Penn, said. “You don’t hold the value you would have held if you had done four movies a year like Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett did during the time I was raising my kids. Now I’m kind of on a comeback at 50 years old.”