Michelle Williams Says Mark Wahlberg Pay Gap Row Left Her 'Paralysed With Feelings Of Futility'

"I’ve been accredited by my industry at the highest levels and that still didn’t translate to equal pay."

Michelle Williams has spoken about the pay gap row she inadvertently became embroiled in last year.

Michelle and Mark Wahlberg were required to reshoot scenes in All The Money In The World, when Christopher Plummer was brought in to replace departing lead actor Kevin Spacey.

It was then discovered that Michelle’s co-star was earning far more than her for reshoots, taking home an extra $1.5 million, while Michelle was reportedly paid less than $1000.

Delivering a speech in Washington DC on Equal Pay Day, Michelle said that she’d been left feeling “paralysed in feelings of futility” by the debacle.

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams
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She said (via The Independent): “In late 2017, the news broke that I’d been paid less than $1,000 compared to the $1.5 million that my male counterpart had received for the exact same amount of work. And guess what? No-one cared.

“This came as no surprise to me, it simply reinforced my life-learned belief that equality is not an inalienable right and that women would always be working just as hard for less money while shouldering more responsibility at home.

“I’ve been a working actress since the age of 12. I’ve been accredited by my industry at the highest levels and that still didn’t translate to equal compensation.”

In the wake of the controversy, Mark donated his entire reshoots paycheck to the Time’s Up fund.

The Time’s Up fund was set up following the rise of the Me Too movement in 2017, with money raised going towards legal aid for those who have experienced sexual misconduct, particularly harassment in the workplace.

Michelle has been among the most vocal high-profile supporters of Time’s Up, and attended the Golden Globes with its founder, Tarana Burke, last year.