Amanda Seyfried Was Once Paid Only 10 Percent of Her Male Co-Star's Salary: "We Were Pretty Even in Status"

"It's not about how much you get; it's about how fair it is," the actress says

By Zach Johnson Jul 14, 2015 5:55 PMTags
Amanda Seyfried , SAG ArrivalsMatt Sayles/Invision/AP

Jennifer Lawrence is the odd woman out in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress will earn a reported $20 million for her role in Passengers, while the sci-fi movie's male lead, Chris Pratt, will earn only a fraction of what Lawrence will make. As Amanda Seyfried tells The Sunday Times, it's rare for a woman to be paid more than (or the same as) her famous male counterpart.

"A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10 percent of what my male co-star was getting," the 29-year-old actress says without identifying the actor or film. "And we were pretty even in status."

Seyfried, whose major film credits include Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!, Dear John, In Time, Les Misérables, The Big Wedding, Lovelace, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2 and Pan, adds that it's important for every actress to fight for equal pay and decide for herself if she's "willing to walk away from something."

"I think people think that just because I'm easy-going and game to do things I'll just take as little as they offer," the actress says of knowing her worth. "It's not about how much you get; it's about how fair it is."

Gender inequalities in Hollywood are something Lawrence thinks about, too.

During San Diego Comic-Con, the actress was asked whether she's improved things for other actresses. "I would hope that there are more opportunities for women. I was having a conversation with somebody about the struggles with weight in the industry. I know that's something I talk nonstop about. And they were saying, 'All of the main movie stars aren't very underweight.' I said, 'Yeah, because once you get to a certain place, people will hire you. They just want you to be in the movie, so they don't care,'" she said. "I'm not in a place where I could complain, or speak of not getting enough roles because I'm very lucky. I have a lot of opportunities. But I would be interested to hear someone who is not in two franchises answer that question, because I'm not really in a place to fully understand it."