Tracee Ellis Ross has reportedly threatened to cut back on Black-ish episodes over a “significant” gender pay-gap between herself and co-star Anthony Anderson.
The 45-year-old actress has played Rainbow Johnson in the ABC series since 2014 and won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2017.
Although Ellis Ross shares roughly the same amount of screen-time as Anderson, also a cast member since 2014, viewers may not realise that their salaries are far from equal.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis Ross’ pay cheque was discussed during a recent Time’s Up meeting, the new foundation aiming to combat gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hollywood.
A source told the publication that Ellis Ross is paid “significantly less” than Anderson, 47, potentially throwing a spanner in the works for season five negotiations which are ongoing.
Ellis Ross is allegedly threatening to film less Black-ish episodes to match the salary gap and may guest star on another show to make up the disparity. However, members of Time’s Up reportedly feel that this tactic is more of a hindrance to solving the issue of Hollywood pay-gaps in the long-term.
Another source claimed that Ellis Ross and Anderson’s roles in Black-ish aren’t equal at all as Anderson got involved with the series long before his female co-star and is also an executive producer.
The insider also notes the rarity that a conversation about an actress’ salary has happened outside of her casting agency, highlighting the fast impact of Time’s Up which launched in January.
The revelation of Ellis Ross’ salary comes just days after it was revealed Michelle Williams was paid 1,500 times less than her co-star Mark Wahlberg for reshoot scenes on their new movie, All The Money In The World.
Wahlberg, 46, received an extra $1.5m for filming extra scenes while Williams received a paltry $80 per diem totalling to less than $1,000. This came as a particular surprise as Williams, 37, is hotly-tipped to receive a Best Actress nomination at the 2018 Oscars.
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