Robin Wright revealed at a Rockefeller Foundation panel discussion in New York yesterday that she had to fight to earn the same paycheck as co-star Kevin Spacey on House of Cards. “I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” Wright said. “There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards...I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
“Spacey was reportedly making $500,000 per episode for his work on the series back in 2014, before season 3 of the show debuted. At the time, insiders said that number might move up to $1 million, making him one of the highest-earning TV or streaming actors. Last year, Forbes reported that Wright made $5.5 million for her work on the show, which would be around $420,000 an episode.”
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