Actress Robin Wright revealed details of her battle to receive the same pay as Kevin Spacey, her co-star on the hit Netflix drama “House of Cards.” In an appearance Tuesday before an audience of activists, philanthropists and the media at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, Wright said she threatened to go public with her demands before producers caved in.
In addition to playing first lady Claire Underwood on the series, Wright is an executive producer and has directed a number of episodes. Spacey, who is also an executive producer, plays President Frank Underwood on the show.
The Huffington Post quotes Wright saying: “I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
Wright, who has been active in the fight for equal pay for women, also said: “It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in ‘House of Cards.’”