Fresh off her HBO comedy special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” an Emmy win for her Comedy Central sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer,” and this summer’s $138 million box-office breakout, “Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer is about to land quite the pay bump. Her base salary for Fox’s upcoming mother-daughter comedy, to be directed by Jonathan Levine (“50/50”), will be between $4 million and $5 million, up from $300,000 for “Trainwreck.” After all, that was her first starring role in a movie.
The increase comes at a time of heightened attention to Hollywood’s gender wage gap, as a result of both prolonged attention from the likes of Geena Davis and Meryl Streep and actress Jennifer Lawrence’s recent essay for Lena Dunham’s “Lenny” newsletter, in which she castigated herself for not pushing harder to be paid the same as her male costars in “American Hustle”—the financial arrangements for which became public after last year’s Sony hack.
Schumer, who memorably tackled women’s overuse of the word “sorry” on this season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” has clearly taken advantage of her meteoric rise: in addition to her Fox project, The Hollywood Reporter notes that she has a $1.2 million option on her next film for Universal and scored a $9 million advance for her book, whose working title is “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.”
Though Lawrence’s push for equal pay has received support from Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, and Jessica Chastain, among others, narrowing the gap between male and female stars’ salaries may require making more information about salaries public—not necessarily a popular option among actors, agents, managers, lawyers, and studios angling to protect their own bottom line.