Jessica Chastain Voices Support for Michelle Williams Over Alleged Pay Gap


Jessica Chastain has voiced her support for Michelle Williams after she was allegedly paid less than a male co-star for All The Money In The World reshoots.

The Blue Valentine actress stars alongside Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton in Ridley Scott’s latest film, which originally featured Kevin Spacey as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, but after multiple sexual assault allegations were leveled against him, the role was recast with Christopher Plummer.

Reshoots with Plummer began in late November (17) in order to meet the film’s planned release date in December, and while Scott has claimed that Williams and Wahlberg flew to Europe and worked for free on the secondary shoot, Chastain and Women and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein have alleged that wasn’t the case.

“I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film,” Chastain wrote on her Twitter page on Tuesday (09Jan18), in response to Silverstein who stated on her official page: “On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All the Money in the World reshoot. Did they think this wouldn’t come out? Unacceptable.”

Eva Longoria and Amber Tamblyn also retweeted Chastain’s message, with Tamblyn stating that pay inequality is also part of the focus of the Time’s Up movement sweeping Hollywood, and added, “This is the type of pay disparity women in every industry experience every day. Even actresses.”

Since the reshoots began, there have been conflicting reports over the actors’ payment, and in November a source told The Washington Post that Wahlberg was getting at least $2 million for approximately 10 days of work.

But in December, Scott spoke to USA Today and claimed that all the required cast members were not being paid additional cash.

“Everyone did it for nothing,” he said. “They all came in for free.”