While original reports said Howard was paid $8 million for “Jurassic World: Dominion” compared to Pratt’s $10 million, the 41-year-old actress insists the pay gap was actually larger.
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told Insider during a recent interview. “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 recalled talking about her pay gap concerns with Pratt at the time and claims the actor negotiated on her behalf for other money-making opportunities associated with the film, including video game rights and theme park rides, the publication reported.
“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,'” the actress said.
“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.”
Equal pay between men and women in Hollywood has been a topic of discussion for years. During a 2021 interview, Scarlett Johansson said, “As a woman, you have to be [your own ally] all the time. Because we are undermined, and underserved, and under-appreciated, and underpaid – you have to be your own ally.”
Despite being the highest-paid actress in the industry, Johansson had some strong words about the perceived pay gap. “Equal pay is a huge part of that fight,” she said, as The Daily Wire previously reported. “Even when I was a teenager in the industry or a young woman, I should say, my mom would have those conversations. Like, ‘Why is she not getting (paid the same)?’”
“There was always these little key terms, like, ‘bankability,’ and ‘box office draw.’ Those are all terms that are basically masquerading as sexism,” Johansson said. “It never had anything to do with those things. And if there ever was, it was also part of this systemic issue that a woman could not be as bankable or have a box office draw.”