Great things happen when women support women!
Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain starred in The Help together back in 2011, and have been close ever since.
Wednesday at Sundance during the “Women Breaking Barriers” panel discussion an emotional Octavia Spencer shared how Jessica Chastain helped her get five times her salary for their upcoming holiday comedy together.
Via People Movies
“About 15 months ago, Jessica Chastain…contacted me and said, ‘I want us to do a comedy,’” Octavia shared. “I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ She called me six months later, which would have been last March, and we were talking about pay equity with men and women. She was like, ‘It’s time that women get paid as much as men.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah Jessica, it’s time!’ We were dropping F-bombs and getting it all out there.”
Octavia Spencer, continued, “And then I said, ‘But here’s the thing, women of color on that spectrum, we make far less than white women. So, if we’re gonna have that conversation about pay equality, we gotta bring the women of color to the table.’ And I told her my story, and we talked numbers, and she was quiet, and she said she had no idea that that’s what it was like for women of color.”
Spencer began to cry as she told the story — she called her outpouring “happy tears.”
“I love that woman, because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk,” Spencer said of Chastain. “She said, ‘Octavia we’re gonna get you paid on this film. You and I are gonna be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing.’ Fast forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.”
The ladies holiday comedy for Universal is not yet titled.