Actress Sienna Miller has revealed she turned down a play because she was offered less than half the pay of her male co-star.
In an interview with E! news, Sienna Miller said she did “what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams”.
The actress said: “I walked away from a play I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us.”
Sienna Miller did not name the production. She was speaking after Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay on gender discrimination in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lawrence wrote of her anger at finding out she was paid less than her male co-stars after emails from Sony Pictures were leaked last year.
One published email revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid much less than their American Hustle co-stars.
In the article on Lena Dunham’s site Lenny, Jennifer Lawrence said she “didn’t get mad at Sony”, adding: “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem <<difficult>> or <<spoiled>>.”
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Sienna Miller was speaking during a joint interview with actor Bradley Cooper, with whom she is appearing in the forthcoming film Burnt.
Bradley Cooper also co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle.
The actor told E! he had not read the essay but said: “One thing I could say is that’s interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna did.”
Jennifer Lawrence’s article has drawn support from many of her Hollywood friends.
Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks were among those to tweet their support.
Elizabeth Banks declared: “I love Jennifer Lawrence.”
Emma Watson also said: “O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so”.
While Jessica Chastain exclaimed: “Yessssssss! Get it girl.”
Last week, Meryl Streep – one of Hollywood’s most successful actors – spoke out about gender discrimination in the film industry, saying that even she receives less pay than male co-stars.
At a global symposium on gender in the media, Geena Davis called for more women on screen and more challenging female roles in TV and film.
American Sniper has remained on the top of the US box office for a second week with takings of $64.4 million, according to studio estimates.
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is up for six Oscars including best film and best actor for Bradley Cooper.
Recounting the story of real life Navy Seal Chris Kyle, it has now made a total of $200.1 million.
The movie has also dominated headlines. In the past few days American Sniper has been blamed for an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group.
While American Sniper is breaking records at the top of the US box office, at the other end of the scale Johnny Depp’s comedy heist film Mortdecai debuted in ninth place, taking only $4.1 million in ticket sales.
It is Johnny Depp’s third consecutive box office flop in a leading role, after 2014’s Transcendence and 2013’s The Lone Ranger.
Jennifer Lopez fared better, taking second place in this week’s chart with the Boy Next Door, in which she stars as a teacher who has an affair with a younger man.
Family movie Paddington stayed steady in third place in its second week of release, taking $12.4 million.
American Sniper release has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has written to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper.
Clint Eastwood’s movie is based on US soldier Chris Kyle’s service in Iraq from 2003 to 2009.
The ADC said a “majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper”.
The organization, which describes itself as the largest Arab civil rights organization in the US, said it had collected “hundreds of violent messages targeting Arab and Muslim Americans from movie-goers”, mainly from Facebook and Twitter.
The ADC letter asked Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper to speak out against such messages “in an effort to reduce the hateful rhetoric”.
“Your visibility, influence, and connection to the film would be a tremendous force in drawing attention to and lessening the serious dangers facing the respective communities,” ADC president Samer Khalaf wrote.
Jack Horner, a spokesman for the Warner Bros film studio, which released American Sniper, told the Reuters that the company “denounces any violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric, including that which has been attributed to viewers” of the film.
He added: “Hate and bigotry have no place in the important dialogue that this picture has generated about the veteran experience.”
Spokespeople for Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper had no immediate response to requests for comment, Reuters reported.
American Sniper has been a major hit in North America, exceeding box office predictions by taking $90 million in its opening weekend – a record for a January release. It also has six Oscar nominations.
The movie has also caused controversy. Some have hailed its portrayal of Chris Kyle as a war hero, but others have criticized it for glorifying violence and for Kyle’s attitude towards his victims.
Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal, served four tours of duty in Iraq and killed more than 160 people, making him the most deadly sniper in American history.
American Sniper movie is based on Chris Kyle’s book, also titled American Sniper, in which he claimed to have no regrets and referred to those he killed as “savages”.
Chris Kyle was killed in February 2013 on a firing range in his home state of Texas.
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