Natalie Portman Speaks Out Against Wage Disparity In Hollywood

In a brand new interview,Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman, 35, says Hollywood should wake up. Portman claims that Ashton Kutcher’s salary for the film in 2011 ‘No Strings Attached’ made three times the amount of money she did. Portman opened up about her frustrations in a new interview with ‘Marie Claire Magazine UK’.  Portman said it’s common knowledge that women typically make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. However Portman said in Hollywood the amount is 30 cents on the dollar compared to what men make.

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She said because actors get paid so much, she never wanted to openly complain, but “the wage disparity is crazy.” Wage equality was clearly on Portman’s mind as she was discussing her latest film, ‘On The Basis Of Sex’. In the film Portman portrays Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the first Jewish Woman elected to the Supreme Court. Portman said the part holds a special meaning to her. The actress was born Jerusalem, Israel to an Israeli father and an American mother. She said the film covers the area of wage equality, and because of that, she insisted that a woman direct the film.

Portman graduated from Harvard in 2003, and has spoken out publicly on many subjects that remain close to heart. Portman married ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied in Big Sur, California in 2012. The couple met when they both worked on the film ‘Black Swan’. Millepied was a choreographer on the film, Portman won an Oscar for her performance. The couple had a son Aleph in 2011, Aleph is a Hebrew name, meaning the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The couple relocated from Paris to Los Angeles last year and announced they are pregnant with their second child.

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