The notable gender pay gap in Hollywood doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and research shows that men are typically paid $1 million less per film than their male counterparts.
On the topic of salaries, Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney has revealed that her income from acting jobs would not cover her if she decided to take a six-month break.
Yes, for the average paid person, the sheer idea of a Hollywood actor finding their salary insufficient might ruffle some feathers, but Sweeney feels the industry ‘don’t pay actors like they used to’, as per the Hollywood Reporter.
They 24-year-old, who’s starred as the troubled teen Cassie Howard on hit HBO series Euphoria since 2019, alongside Zendaya and Barbie Ferreira, told the news outlet that most of salary goes to her team.
The Emmy-nominee has an estimated net worth of $4million and reportedly earned $350,000 for season two of the HBO show, as previously reported by Life and Style Magazine.
World Celebs claimed the star took home $25,000 per episode for season one.
Sweeney explained: ‘The established stars still get paid, but I have to give five percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, three percent or something like that to my business manager.
‘I have to pay my publicist every month and that’s more than my mortgage.’
Sweeney, who beamed when learning she had been nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards – thanks to her roles in Euphoria and White Lotus – said she never spoke to her co-stars about her salary.
The actor, who’s currently filming Madame Webb, which sees her star alongside Dakota Fanning and Emma Roberts, also spoke about the pressure she feels to keep her career flourishing.
She said her acting schedule means she ‘can’t sleep’.
Referring to the behind-the-scenes aspect of being a Hollywood star, she added that the industry will ‘make you backstab people’.
Elsewhere in the interview, Sweeney opened up the speculation surrounding her sex scenes on screen, saying: ‘I fully trust in the filmmakers that I work with, and I’m always so excited for whatever (Euphoria creator) Sam (Levinson) writes.’
She added: ‘People forget that I’m playing a character, they think, “Oh, she gets naked onscreen, she’s a sex symbol.”‘
Speaking about sex scenes, she insists: ‘I have no problems with those scenes, and I won’t stop doing them, but I wish there was an easier way to have an open conversation about what we’re assuming about actors in the industry,’
Sweeney previously addressed ‘a stigma against actresses who get naked on screen‘, and the ‘double standard‘ in Hollywood.
Others who have spoken out on the issue include Emily Blunt, who told Time: ‘There’s so much judgment with women’, and Renee Zellweger, who, when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, brought up the question: ‘Why are we talking about how women look?’
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