Have you heard of the Chris Pratt Bryce Dallas Howard gender pay gap issue? Tongues are wagging and fans had different opinions when Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard opened up about the gender pay gap that hounds Hollywood to this day. In an interview with Insider she revealed that she was paid much less than co-star Chris Pratt in the Jurassic World films in 2015, 2018, and 2022.
According to Variety, in 2018, the actress was paid $8 million for the second film Fallen Kingdom while Pratt was paid higher by $2 million. But Bryce argues that those reports weren’t accurate when she told Insider,
“I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less. 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.”
Nevertheless, Bryce expressed her gratitude to Pratt for fighting for her to get paid what she truly deserved. She added,
“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 that the same and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce’.”
Mixed Views In And Out Of Hollywood
Not everyone is happy about this revelation about the Chris Pratt Bryce Dallas Howardpay revelation, especially those who feel that they are trying to make this a purely ‘gender’ pay gap issue when really, it isn’t that simple.
Some argue that male actors in Hollywood are not paid higher because of their gender, but because they are bigger stars than their female counterparts. They have been around longer, and people are actually paying money to see them. In short, it’s their ‘star power’ that makes them more expensive, not their gender. For comparison, let’s look at both the Jurassic World cast backgrounds.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard is a 41-year-old American actress and film director. She was born in Los Angeles and is a product of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She left in 2002 to pursue her Broadway dreams but eventually graduated in 2020.
Bryce is the eldest daughter of American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer Ron Howard. One of his acclaimed directorial works were Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code, which made a whopping $758 million globally.
Bryce appeared in numerous Broadway presentations, movies, and TV shows. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 for her performance in Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It.
But despite all these appearances and having an acclaimed director as a father, not everyone is familiar with her or her achievements. This is evident when people gave their opinions about her gender pay gap issue with Chris Pratt on social media. Her net worth is estimated at $25 million.
Christopher Michael Pratt more widely known as Chris Pratt is an American actor born on June 21, 1979, in Virginia, Minnesota. He is known for his roles as a comic nitwit and a heroic leading man. Pratt first gained recognition as a TV actor before going mainstream and becoming famous as a movie star.
He gained worldwide success and recognition when he played the role of Peter Jason Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014. His character is based on the same character as in the Marvel Comics. But his superstardom began with the Jurassic World films. He has an estimated net worth of about $80 million.
When The Tables Flipped With Jennifer Lawrence
To stress the point that it’s primarily ‘star power’ and not a gender equality issue, they made Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games superstar as an example. People argued that rarely do these actors make so much money during the release of the first film.
Lawrence only made $500,000 in the first installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. However, a better salary was negotiated for the succeeding films. She got $10 million for The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire and $40 million for movies 3 and 4 namely, The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay (Part 1 and 2).
The Lawrence-Pratt Pay Disparity In Passengers Movie
Sticking with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as examples, we are reminded of their pay disparity in the movie Passengers back in December 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, JLaw got a $20 million salary, plus 30% profit from the movie when it breaks even.
However, her co-star Chris Pratt who was just supposed to get $10 million for his co-starring role managed to receive $12 million.
So, exactly how much was Bryce Dallas Howard paid for Jurassic World? Again, the actress never gave a specific amount, but merely stated that she got so much less than what was reported.
On the other hand, how much was Chris Pratt paid for Jurassic World dominion? No official statement was made yet although some reports claim it’s no less than $10 million.
Still, the debate pertaining to the gender pay gap goes on. Some are adamant that the chauvinist attitude towards women in Hollywood has been prevalent for almost a century. While others claim ‘star power’ is the primary cause of this pay disparity and has nothing to do with gender whatsoever.
By the way contradicting opinions left and right, it looks like the Bryce Dallas Howard Chris Pratt gender pay gap debate will not see its end anytime soon.