No Strings Attached (the one with Ashton Kutcher, not Justin Timberlake) is a not a great film for women, not just because it trots out the tired storyline of men and women trying to have sex without those pesky feelings getting involved, but also because of the huge salary discrepancy between Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.
Portman, after an Oscar-winning turn in Black Swan, got paid three times less than her co-star Kutcher, best known at the time for Punk’d and That 70s Show. Portman revealed the wage gap in an interview with Marie Claire UK saying, “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
Portman is one of many actresses comment on Hollywood’s gender pay gap. Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meryl Streep, to name a few, have all spoken out about being paid less than their male co-stars. Bringing this issue out into the public is the first step to rectifying this disparity.
Kutcher has not commented on Portman’s interview.