Claire Foy and Matt Smith have addressed The Crown’s shocking gender pay gap
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Netflix fans were shocked last week, as once again we were reminded that the gender pay gap is alive and well in the entertainment industry, with the latest show to be called out being one of our favourites,The Crown.
It was revealed that the show’s leading actress Claire Foy, who played The Queen, was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip.
Yes, that’s correct. After completing two seasons of the show, the producers ‘realised’ that they ‘accidentally’ paid the leading actress less than her onscreen husband – who featured far less in the programme.
The news ofThe Crown’s gender pay gap unsurprisingly hasn’t gone done well, with Matt Smith reportedly receiving some backlash for earning more than his female counterpart, causing the producers to announce a statement.
‘As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries,’ the statement read. ‘The actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.’
Now that they are aware however, Claire Foy and Matt Smith don’t seem too impressed, with the 33-year-old actress opening up about the situation.
‘I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary,’ she explained toEntertainment Weekly. ‘But I’m not surprised about the interest in the story in the sense that it was a female-led drama.
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