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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Taraji P Henson reveals she was paid 2% of Brad Pitt's pay......Oscar nomination did not increase it

The star of Empire has sort of confirmed what Variety wrote in their article about black actors earning way less than their white counterparts. In her upcoming memoir “Around The Way Girl,” the actress reveals that she got way, way below what Brad Pitt got in what many consider her  break though movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”…..a movie that got her, her first Oscar nomination.
There is this belief that once you get nominated for an Oscar, your monetary worth goes up. This unfortunately did not occur in her case. According to the actress, it was Tyler Perry and not her Oscar nomination that made her bargaining power increase. Excerpts……..
“Both Brad and Cate got millions. Me? With bated breath, I sat by the phone for hours, waiting for Vince [her manager] to call and tell me the number that I thought would make me feel good: somewhere in the mid six figures – no doubt a mere percentage of what Brad was bringing home to Angelina and their beautiful babies, but something worthy of a solid up-and-coming actress with a decent amount of critical acclaim for her work,” she wrote.

“Alas, that request was dead on arrival. “I’m sorry, Taraji,” Vince said quietly when we finally connected. “They came in at the lowest of six figures. I convinced them to add in a little more, but that’s as high as they’d go.” There was one other thing: I’d have to agree to pay my own location fees while filming in New Orleans, meaning three months of hotel expenses would be coming directly out of my pocket. Insult, meet injury.”

“The math really is pretty simple: there are way more talented black actresses than there are intelligent, meaningful roles for them, and we’re consistently charged with diving for the crumbs of the scraps, lest we starve.”

“This is exactly how a studio can get away with paying the person who’s name is third on the call sheet of a big-budget film less than 2% what it’s paying the person whose name is listed first. I knew the stakes: no matter how talented, no matter how many accolades my prior work had received, if I pushed for more money, I’d be replaced and no one would so much as a blink.”

“It was because of [Tyler Perry] — not an Oscar nomination — that I never had to take another movie project at the rock bottom of six figures.”

Oh well. I guess it is what it is. The funny thing is that I knew her way before ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’  and I always felt she was a terrific actress…….I still do.
 

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