Sienna Miller landed a role in a play that was to be staged on Broadway. She was going to play the role with a male co-star, but she learnt something that threw the play out of her desire, which resulted to her dumping the role. She realized that she was going to be paid less than half of what her male co-star would. This, of course, didn’t go well with her hence turning down the offer.
Miller, the 33-year-old English actress, landed a role on Broadway. Like any other professional in the movie industry, or any other industry, she wanted to know what she would reap from the role. It came to her realization that the amount she was going to be paid would be less than half of that which her male co-star would earn. “It was a play with just two of us on stage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid,” Miller told Vogue in an interview. According to her statement, she believes she was offered half the co-stars because she was a lady. “If it was two men, it wouldn’t probably happen. Sad, but I walked away.” She said.
There have been several cases similar to this in the movie industry, where a female co-star is paid much less than her male co-star. For example at one point, Amanda Seyfried said she was paid 10% of what her co-star was paid. Charlize Theron made $10 million less than Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman while both were co-stars.
Apart from being her passion, acting is Miller’s source of income. Therefore she was set to earn some money from the Broadway play which she didn’t name. But being offered less than half her co-star’s, yet they were going to be both co-stars on the stage, she decided she would better leave the money than get it and allow the discrimination to take place. Paying actresses less than their co-stars seems to be a vice that hasn’t stopped in the movie industry, and needs to be addressed.