Julia Roberts on Salary Equality in Hollywood

Julia Roberts on Salary Equality in Hollywood

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Julia Roberts broke the glass ceiling for female A-list movie stars when she sued $20 million for Erin Brockovich in 2000. Until then, no female actor received as much pay as male counterparts such as Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks, who co-starred with Roberts. the box office of the 90s reigns.

During the A+E and History Channel’s History Talks in Washington DC on Saturday morning, moderator Gayle King asked Roberts about the bargaining tactics she used to get the same amount of pain.

“I didn’t feel too boxy about it, but I was like, ‘Come on,’ said Roberts. Let’s get real. Let’s be honest.”

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Roberts acknowledged that she had earned her living with culture-defining hits like “Pretty Woman,” “Notting Hill” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

“When I’m working, I work really hard,” Roberts said. “I’m ready. I’m on time. I’m prepared. I’m happy. I’m in. So, show me the money.”

During their conversation, Roberts and King also discussed the challenges of speaking as a woman. For women, King says, taking the lead in salary agreements and other negotiations often means “silence.” But Roberts insists she never worried about being punished for standing up for herself.

“I really can’t help it,” said Robert. “I’m a regular speaker and I say what’s on my mind. I try to be considerate with my words. I don’t fly off the handle, but I’m pretty direct. Not everyone is warm to me.”

King urged Roberts to address that last sentiment.

“I think some people would say that I’m hard, strict or intense, which makes me secretly laugh. I’m so glad someone thinks that,” Roberts said. But, she adds, “It’s okay to be authoritative about a situation without worrying that people won’t like you. I like to be liked, but I also want things to be correct.”

When asked to name her favorite movie, Roberts slyly dodged the question — saying that her boyfriend, surfer Kelly Slater, once answered that question for her, pointing to the 2001 romantic comedy “The Mexican,” where she killed her husband. , Daniel Moder, met.

After 20 years of marriage, King asked if Roberts is still getting butterflies. “Don’t do this to me, Gayle. Yes I do.”

Decades into her Hollywood career, Roberts still feels “complete joy, staggering awe that I have a job that is the complete dream of my life.” She added, “I play like I’m dressing up in clothes that don’t belong to me.”

That said, she realized that it’s important for her children to see her leave home to pursue her own ambitions. “There’s that guilt, as a mother, of going away and doing something and feeling selfish about that time,” she said. “I had to learn, with my husband’s great encouragement, to take that space for myself and not feel like it’s taking someone else’s.”

Towards the end of the conversation, Roberts recalled the early days of the pandemic, when he met Dr. Anthony Fauci on Instagram interviewed for the nonprofit public health campaign, the ONE campaign. Although she wanted to know more about the virus, she says she has still not been diagnosed with COVID.

“I have a very strong constitution. I’m not sick much. I can eat anything. I’m not allergic to anything,” she says. “I’m an ox in a girl’s body.”

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