Published Apr 17, 2018With its narrative twists and turns, Season 1 of HBO's divisive Westworld was undoubtedly confusing. Still, if one thing was made abundantly clear, it was that Evan Rachel Wood was one of the series' integral stars. Despite that fact, however, she hasn't been getting paid the same as her costars.
In a new interview with The Wrap, the actor explained that she didn't receive equal pay for the show's first season or its second, which premieres this weekend.
"I think I'm just now to the point where I'm getting paid the same as my male co-stars," she said. "I was just told that, you know, 'Hey you're, you're getting equal pay.' And I was like [gasp]. And I almost got emotional. I was like, 'I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'"
She added that she wasn't particularly shocked when she found out her co-stars were getting more than her.
"I found out… I'm always fighting for that," she added. "And I have turned down projects — Westworld, it's like, I get it a little more.... 'Well, you're Anthony Hopkins or Ed Harris.' But I think now we're all doing equal amounts of work and really hard work."
The move toward pay equality comes from HBO's initiative to level the playing field in its shows' pay. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the network's Casey Bloys said, "We've proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that's a direct result of the Times Up movement."
Westworld returns to HBO on April 22.