Diane Kruger: ‘I’ve Yet to be Paid the Same as a Male Co-Star’
Diane Kruger has weighed in on the equal pay debate rocking Hollywood, claiming she’s never been compensated the same amount as her male co-stars for her work. The German actress made a name for herself in the movie business with features like 2004’s epic Troy and Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 war film Inglourious Basterds. While she has a stream of work lined up as well as brand ambassador contracts for the likes of L’Oreal and Calvin Klein, the 39-year-old asserts that not only isn’t she paid the same as her male counterparts, she has had to deal with a level of backlash whenever she demands equality.
“I have yet to be paid the same amount as a male co-star. And absolutely I’ve been labeled a b**ch, or difficult to work with, when I’ve spoken up about something,” she told Town & Country. “Or it’s, ‘She doesn’t really know what she’s talking about.'” The issue of wage inequality has become a hot topic in the film industry ever since Patricia Arquette delivered a rousing call for equal pay at the 2015 Academy Awards. Other big names such as Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and Jessica Chastain have all spoken out about pay gap, with some victories made, such as Charlize Theron reportedly successfully negotiating to be paid the same amount as Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Further in her interview, Kruger talked about how meeting her partner Joshua Jackson came at a pivotal time in her life. The pair, who have previously spoken about their reluctance to get married, started dating in 2006 right after Kruger divorced French actor Guillaume Canet. “Meeting someone like my partner, who has a very different perspective, who likes to travel in a different way and be open to various experience, was so important,” she shared. Prior to meeting Jackson, Kruger felt she was going through an identity crisis because she realized she was living her life in a bubble and had a “very privileged life.” “I (didn’t) know anything about what (was) really going on in the world and I (didn’t) ask enough questions,” she said, adding that was the moment she decided to make a change and “cut people out of my life who I felt were enabling my bubble.”