Ellen Pompeo dropped a truth bomb recently and it's about how much money she makes. On Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Grey's Anatomy leading lady was asked why she had revealed her salary. Check out the clip of the interview:
Ellen admits to being grateful for the fact that her tell-all interview with Hollywood Insider was well-received. “I’m grateful that it was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for women and to also be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings,” Ellen says to Jimmy Kimmel. “[And] I wanted to sort of do a truthful interview and talk about my road to my own empowerment and how I got there but also mistakes I’ve made along the way.”
Ellen hopes that the interview acts as a message for all women to speak up, but also as a reminder that they are doing a great disservice to themselves for not speaking up.
Hollywood has been known to undervalue actresses as compared to their male cohorts. They are either paid very little, or slightly lesser than the male actors. In her Hollywood Insider story, Ellen says that she faced the same difficulty with the producers of Grey's Anatomy. "At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me," she said.
This is not the first time actresses have spoken out about equal pay. Last year, Catt Sadler caused a stir by exiting E! News, when she found out her male co-host Jason Kennedy was making more money than her and has been for years.
In an open interview with Out magazine, Oscar-winner Emma Stone spoke about the existing pay gap in the film industry. She said that some of her male costars have willingly helped bridge the gap. "In my career so far, I've needed my male costars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them," she said. "And that's something they do for me because they feel it’s what's right and fair."
Oprah Winfrey has been a long-time outspoken advocate to bridge the gender wage gap. In an interview for TIME Firsts, the host talks about fighting to close the wage gap for female staffers working on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Will a shift in the narrative change, now that women are owning their rights? Will women be paid fairly for their talent? With a rising number of women finding their voice, progress seems to be closing in on us.
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