In Netflix's House Of Cards, Robin Wright plays the fearless partner of President Frank Underwood. Assisting him in deception, skulduggery and turning a blind eye to murder, Claire is no trophy wife.
Wright rightly argued that she had also appeared in every one of the 52 episodes of the show, had directed several episodes and, like Spacey, was an executive producer on the most recent season.
Speaking at The Rockefeller Foundation yesterday, the actress leveled with the audience of activists and philanthropists about why she had made the demand:
"I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin'. 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,"
She also pointed out how instrumental her input was to the dynamic of the show and how the audience felt about its characters. With the development of Claire's storyline being so crucial to the plot of Season 4, Netflix had no choice but to give in to her demands.
"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."
With the recent press coverage given to Jennifer Lawrence's demands for equal pay in American Hustle and Emma Watson speaking out about the issue of gender equality, looks like Hollywood might finally have to start listening. Bravo ladies.