January 11, 2017


Natalie Portman Says Co-Star Ashton Kutcher Was Paid Three Times More Than Her

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Remember that cheesy No Strings Attached movie that was released in 2011? Well, Natalie Portman is talking about it six years later, revealing that co-star Ashton Kutcher made more money from the romantic comedy than her.

“Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached. I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood, Portman explained in an interview with Marie Claire U.K. (via The Guardian). "His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been." 

The actress continued, "I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy. Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar."

No Strings Attached didn't win any awards, but Portman's role in Black Swan (released a year prior) earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. Is an Academy Award more or less worthy than a bigger pay check? We'll let you decide that one.

In more timely news, the actress also discussed her portrayal Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the Golden Globe-nominated Jackie. "The dichotomy the public had—that Jackie is the one you marry, but Marilyn is the one you want to fuck or whatever," she told the magazine. "That difference between how you are and your awareness of how the public perceives you, that friction between those things was super interesting."

If you need some inspiration to kickstart your own Hollywood career, watch Adrian Grenier and Michael Ian Black share stories about their first gigs and stand-up sets with Fuse: