“Westworld” may be even more futuristic and outlandish than we realized. In addition to highly advanced robots and immersive theme parks, it envisions a future in which women are actually paid the same amount as their male co-stars. Evan Rachel Wood recently confirmed that she’ll receive equal pay on the HBO drama starting next season, and now Thandie Newton has done similarly: “We’re all equal across the board,” she tells Vanity Fair.
“It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s — goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it,” Newton adds. And now that she’s gotten what she deserves, she doesn’t plan on being involved with projects that don’t follow suit in the future. “I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not. Fuck that. It literally sets a precedent, and [HBO is] leading the way, which is amazing.”
Wood recently spoke about this as well, saying, “I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts. Never, never.’”