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Rooney Mara: ‘I didn’t deserve to get paid the same as Daniel Craig’

Daniel Craig deserved to be paid more than Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, according to the actress.
The gender pay gap debate has become a hot talking point in the past few years, and it reached fever pitch when Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay about wage inequality in October (15), sparking many other actresses to discuss their experiences with the issue.
However, Rooney believes in some instances a difference in pay is understandable, as she experienced on 2011 thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Her co-star Daniel’s salary was substantially more than hers as he was the biggest name, despite her having a much larger part.
“When I did Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, did Daniel Craig get paid more than me? Of course,” she tells Deadline. “He got paid a ton more than me, but he’s Daniel Craig and no one knew who I was so I don’t deserve to be getting paid what he’s getting. He’s the one putting a**es in the seats, not me. I had never done anything, so that’s just sort of the way that went.”
Rooney is adamant the conversation surrounding the gender pay gap is “wrong” because it should be focused on the reason for the inequality rather than the simple fact it exists “because it’s just a side effect of something much greater”.
She has worked on a film where she didn’t understand the wage imbalance, and she is glad it is something that does not happen to her often.
She adds, “I’ve only experienced one incident on a studio film where I got paid significantly less than the men, and there wasn’t really a reason for it. That was my only real experience with gender gap but I’ve been paid more than guys in movies before, and most of the films that I do, because they are smaller films, we’re all getting paid equal. We all take equal pay. So that is my experience… generally I am getting paid equal. But I know that’s not the case for a lot of people.”

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