Susan Sarandon Reveals Paul Newman Gave Her Part of His Own Salary to Ensure Pay Equality on 1998 Film

Sarandon and Newman worked together on the 1998 thriller "Twilight."
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon has revealed that Paul Newman fought for her to be payed equally during the making of Robert Benton’s 1998 thriller “Twilight.” The actress told BBC that when she discovered her male co-stars and fellow leads Newman and Gene Hackman were equally being paid more than her, it was Newman who stepped up and took part of his own salary and gave it to Sarandon.

“Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs,” Sarandon said. “That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago. [Producers] said it was ‘favoured nations,’ but they only meant the two guys.”

Sarandon said Newman eventually stepped forward and said, “Well, I’ll give you part of mine.” All three actors were equally billed on the film’s poster and in the marketing. Sarandon called Newman a “gem” for giving up some of his own salary to ensure equal pay on the film.

The actress’ story recalls a similar one shared by Octavia Spencer earlier this year. While shopping a film around with Jessica Chastain, the latter tied herself together with Spencer and sold the film with the two of them receiving equal pay.

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