– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Despite the liberal nature of Hollywood, the show business is one that has largely thrived off of exploiting women for their sex appeal, and underpaying them in the process. Of course, there are some exceptions to this, and as time has gone on, things have gotten much better, but women haven’t always been treated very well. Most famously, there have been occasions where female co-stars were paid drastically less for putting in the same — or more — work into a role in a film. And these were women with the same acting clout as their co-stars.

However, one director who has been rather forward-thinking in this regard is the man himself, Steven Spielberg. Speaking with The Sun, he revealed that Ready Player One co-stars Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan were both paid equally for the work they put in on the flick. But it wasn’t the first time he’s done this, and the rule doesn’t just apply to up-and-coming actors.

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“Everyone was equally paid [in Ready Player One]. And on The Post, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep got the same pay cheque exactly, right down to the perks.”

Of course, one could argue that this sort of mentality makes it so that actors who demand higher pay may not be able to command those higher salaries thanks to their female co-stars. However, with things like this, it’s difficult to say what the right move is.

When all said and done, I do think that actors who bring the same work to the table should be paid the same amount, regardless of their sex. This is especially the case now, when the name on a movie poster simply isn’t as powerful as it used to be. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.