Sunday, February 2, 2020

Octavia Spencer says “Negotiate as a Team”

Actress Octavia Spencer revealed in early 2018 that Jessica Chastain had helped her negotiate higher pay for an upcoming film they were both in. 

“I told Jessica my story, and we talked numbers, and she was quiet, and she said she had no idea that that’s what it was like for women of color,” Spencer said at the Women Breaking Barriers Panel at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January. 

“I love that woman because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk,” Spencer said. “She said, ‘Octavia we’re gonna get you paid on this film. You and I are gonna be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing.’ Fast forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for. Now, I wanna go to what the men are making.”



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