With the “Time’s Up” Movement and everything swirling in Hollywood over gender pay gaps, Claire Foy and Matt Smith found themselves in quite a storm this past week.
It was released that Matt Smith, due to his ‘Doctor Who’ fame, was paid more than Claire Foy for the Netflix show ‘The Crown,’ which seems pretty ridiculous considering that Claire Foy is THE QUEEN.
Left Bank Pictures realized the mistake that was made, and collectively issued a statement to try and resolve the matter.
The statement presented by E! is as follows:
“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank Pictures said in a statement.
“As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.
“We understand and appreciate the conversation which is rightly being played out across society and we are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias, and for a rebalancing of the industry’s treatment of women, both those in front of the camera and for those behind the scenes,” the producers continued.
“We all have a responsibility to do what we can to ensure that these issues are tackled, and as a leading production company we want to make our contribution to the debate. So, we are now going to be in talks with the TimesUp UK campaign and ERA 50:50; organizations which are working to ensure all women have a voice,” Left Bank Pictures concluded.
The only problem with this? Despite the fact that there was an uprising on Matt Smith, a petition to donate the difference to Claire Foy out of his own pay, and heat he endured, it’s not in the works that Left Bank Pictures will be remedying this in Foy’s favor. Reason being, the next seasons, the Queen will be played by Olivia Colman.
One would hope that Left Bank would pay out Foy for the difference, but as of right now, it looks like she’s just getting an apology.
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