May 18, 2016


Here's How Robin Wright Got Equal Pay for 'House of Cards'

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Claire Underwood would be proud. 

Robin Wright revealed that she demanded the same pay as her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey when she learned there was a large difference in their per-episode earnings. 

Per Marie Claire, Wright explained during an interview with the Rockefeller Foundation about closing gender gaps that she learned she was earning $420,000 per episode as the deliciously vicious Claire Underwood, compared to Spacey's $500,000 as political gangster Frank Underwood. The discrepancy irked her so much that she threatened to go public with the information if her request to match her pay was not met.

"I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time," she said during the chat. "So I capitalized on it. I was like, 'You better pay me or I’m going to go public.' And they did."

Anyone who's a fan of the show knows that Claire is just as important to the HoC storyline as Frank, is so we're a little sad to hear Wright needed to use stats (as opposed to, ya know, the studio just doing the right thing) to get her equal pay, but we're happy nonetheless.

Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast discuss the latest season of House of Cards and the state of Netflix below at the 23:30 mark: