Dominic West will fight to ensure actresses are fairly paid for roles in movies he stars in.
The British actor was at the centre of a controversy last year (18), when it emerged Ruth Wilson, his co-star in The Affair, was paid far less than him and departed the TV show in mysterious circumstances.
Dominic told Harper’s Bazaar magazine that he generally leaves matters of money to his agent – but if he finds out producers are shortchanging his female co-stars, he’ll intervene.
“It’s not something I get into – we have agents to deal with things like that and now, of course, it’s incumbent on actors of any profile to force to producers to toe the line on that one,” he explained. “As soon as I get paid more than my co-star, I’ll definitely raise it.”
However, he joked that for his latest movie, the period drama Colette, his fee is probably much smaller than his more famous castmate Keira Knightley.
“I wish I was paid the same as Keira, that would have been great,” the 49-year-old quipped. “As a champion of the #MeToo movement, I insist I am paid the same as Keira.”
After it emerged Ruth was earning far less than him, the actor pleaded ignorance – claiming he signs up for roles for artistic reasons rather than a paycheck.
“I never ask what the money is on a show,” he told Britain’s Radio Times magazine. “It was more a question of if I wanted to do it. So it woke me up to the issue. I never realised the disparity and the injustice.”
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