The “Jurassic World” star Bryce Dallas Howard exclusively told Insider that she was paid “so much less” than her costar Chris Pratt for the movie franchise than reports initially indicated. Pratt and Howard were co-leads in all three movies in the “Jurassic World” trilogy. But in 2018, Variety reported that Howard was paid $2 million less than Pratt for the second movie, “Fallen Kingdom,” earning $8 million while Pratt took home $10 million. In an interview with Insider to mark the home-entertainment release of “Jurassic World Dominion,” Howard said the pay gap between her and Pratt was, in fact, larger. “The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told Insider exclusively. “When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set.” Howard added that she discussed the pay gap with Pratt, and that he pushed for the actor to receive equal pay on other franchise opportunities that were not already contractually binding, such as spinoff video games and theme-park rides.
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“What I will say is that Chris and I have discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on stuff that hadn’t been already negotiated, like a game or a ride, he literally told me: ‘You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m gonna do all the negotiating. We’re gonna be paid the same, and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce,'” Howard said. The actor continued: “And I love him so much for doing that. I really do, because I’ve been paid more for those kinds of things than I ever was for the movie.”
In recent years, the issue of pay gaps between men and women in Hollywood has become more of a public issue. In 2019, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo told Variety that she almost quit the show after hearing that her costar Patrick Dempsey was being paid almost twice what she was when the show started. That same year, Michelle Williams said she was “paralyzed in feelings of futility” after it was disclosed that her “All the Money in the World” costar Mark Wahlberg earned $1.5 million for reshoots for the movie, while she earned $1,000.