Gal Gadot Responds to the ‘Wonder Woman’ Wage-Gap Controversy
Wonder Woman is one of the most critically and commercially successful films of 2017, which is why fans were shocked when it was reported that its star, Gal Gadot, made only $300,000 for playing the titular character. That’s not much by Hollywood standards, and it seemed especially low when people started comparing it with the alleged $14 million Henry Cavill made for 2013’s Man of Steel. That eight-figure number was later dispelled by BuzzFeed, and the outrage died down (slightly) when sites noted Gadot’s payout was on par with other actors in multicontract superhero films. (Chris Evans, for example, also allegedly raked in an estimated $300,000 for Captain America.)
Even still, this whole ordeal shines light on the gender wage gap and serves as a friendly reminder to always make sure you’re receiving equal pay. Up until this point, Gadot hasn’t commented on the controversy, but TMZ found the actress in Beverly Hills and asked her about it. Her answer was brief, but interesting nonetheless.
“A lot of people batted for you, saying you needed to be paid more,” the TMZ reporter asked. “What do you think?”
“I’m grateful and happy,” she replied.
Gadot is expected to revive her role in the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel. Salary negotiations for that project will surely begin soon—and because of the first film’s astronomical success, she has leverage to lasso in a few extra zeroes this time around. Yes, it’s important to be grateful and happy, but it’s also important to be fairly compensated.
And if you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, stop everything you’re doing and go to the theater.
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