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    This might be controversial to some, but I think it is time to really dig deep into this. I am using Zoe Saldana as an example because she is the 2nd highest grossing actress, only behind Scarlett Johansson, and when the Avatar sequels come out, she will definitely be the highest grossing star in the world. Viola Davis talked about this earlier this year as well as Monique. Zoe is a self proclaimed Afro-Latina, and she is facing what most black women in Hollywood are.

    When you look at someone of the highest grossing actress, and their estimated Net Worth, here are some numbers that are on the internet.

    Cameron Diaz – $140 million
    Scarlett Johansson – $140 million
    Julia Roberts – $200 million
    Sandra Bullock – $200 million
    Jennifer Lawrence – $130 million
    Angelina Jolie – $100 million

    Zoe Saldana – $20 million??????

    I know $20 million is more than I’ll ever have, and many of us, but we can’t ignore facts. This article (https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/scarlett-johanssons-net-worth-continues-to-climb-after-avengers-infinity-war.html/) proved a point. For Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe was paid $100,000 while her costar Karen Gillan made $140,000. Who in the hell is Karen Gillan, and how did she get more money than a woman that played a lead in Star Trek and Avatar? She was the lowest paid “Guardian” in the film. Before the film, she and Bradely Cooper were the only Guardians with successful films.Despite being the 2nd highest grossing actress ever, Zoe has never appeared in the top 10 of Forbes highest grossing actresses list. remezcla.com/features/film/zoe-saldana-wage-gap-top-paid-latina-actress/

    Danai Gurira, despite being massive with Black Panther and the Walking Dead is one of the least paid cast members. She is probably the only cast member I can think of that has a name outside of The Walking Dead, but she is the lowest paid. Can someone explain this??? She is also a successful playwriter.

    I know many will ask about numbers, but Danai and Zoe are two Black women that have the numbers, but do not have the pay. I know sometimes when Black women speak out on these issues, they are considered “angry” and some ask why they do not negotiate. There is no telling what happens behind closed doors. I am sure some have been threatned if they tried to negotiate for more. Hopefully for the next Marvel film that these two star in, there will be changes in their pay.
    Scarlett Johansson was paid $40 million for Avengers Infintiy War, making her the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Zoe Saldana, who had more screentime, did not even make Forbes list.

    I hope that the producers of Avatar paid her well as she deserves. Viola is a very acclaimed actress, but she still has to prove she can bring in the numbers. Hopefully Widows does that for her. Zoe and Danai have both proven that they can bring in the numbers, so there is no reason for them to be so underpaid.

    Now that Asian Americans are stating to make noise in Hollywood, hopefully their pay will increase as well. There a mega rich Chinese stars, but the American Asians have struggled as well. Same for Latino stars.

    What do you guys think of this topic?

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    Julia Spencer
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    To answer your question who Karen Gillan is, she played on of the favourite companions of Doctor Who – Amy Pond. 🙂

    But to be serious, I had no idea that she got paid more than Saldana. Gillan wasnt even one of the leads and only a side character in the movie. I know that actors get paid by the market value their currently have, but Gillan was more of a TV star than Saldana and I can believe that she would have a higher market value than Saldana. I wish that they would change the way actors get paid for their jobs and to base it on performence time in the movie/TV show or on other criteria that has something to do with the job.

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    Of course Johansson gets paid more than Saldana. But getting paid less than Gillian? That’s insulting.

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    ENGLAND
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    Of course Johansson gets paid more than Saldana. But getting paid less than Gillian? That’s insulting.

    She made less than Deisel who says I am griot, and Dave Bautista as well.

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    Nobody knew Bautista at the time. Nobody really knew Saldana either but at least she had acting experience.

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    ENGLAND
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    Nobody knew Bautista at the time. Nobody really knew Saldana either but at least she had acting experience.

    No one knew Saldana??? She had the most press when it was announced she eouks be in the film playing Gamora. Before GOTG, she had Avatar and Star Trek attached to her name.

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    Whilst getting paid less than Karen Gillian is totally insulting the problem for Saldana is that she absolutely no one goes to see a film because she is in it.

    She appears in 3 franchises that have huge fan bases but has never starred in anything remotely resembling a hit outside of them. In fact she’s had a string of total flops.

    None of the franchises are dependent on her participation and she’s not a box office draw outside of them.

    The amounts discussed sound outrageous but if she’s willing to accept them then what’s the incentive for studios to pay more?

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    Pablo J Garcia
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    I love when people write Saldana instead of Saldaña. And many forget she is from Rep Dominican origin.
    It is sad, she is not well paid, but still she is 3 of the biggest sagas around now… I wish she could get one great role and being nominated for it, but there is a lot of big competition right now. Even Lupita N´gongo can fight for the same type of roles. They both even can speak fluent spanish.

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    KarlVillalobos
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    There is no such thing as underpaid in Hollywood.

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    Stegeo
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    Whilst getting paid less than Karen Gillian is totally insulting the problem for Saldana is that she absolutely no one goes to see a film because she is in it.

    How/Why does a supporting cast member get more than a lead one? And more importantly Gillan who no one even knew who she was a few years ago compared to Zaldana who has been in the business for quite a while, and she’s globally known.

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    Hunter-ish
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    There is no such thing as underpaid in Hollywood.

    First of all, a shit ton of Hollywood is extremely broke. You just don’t see those people.

    Second, the actors know they are in an elite group, but gender parity is still an issue, and they can use their status to make a difference in more than Hollywood. And even then, I wouldn’t care if I was set for life, I’d be pissed off if I was being paid than people with a smaller role than because of no reason other than the way I am. Sure they already have money, but on another level it’s like saying “you aren’t as good as ___ because you are not a white man”.

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    distain
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    <p>Whilst getting paid less than Karen Gillian is totally insulting the problem for Saldana is that she absolutely no one goes to see a film because she is in it. </p> <p>She appears in 3 franchises that have huge fan bases but has never starred in anything remotely resembling a hit outside of them. In fact she’s had a string of total flops.</p> <p>None of the franchises are dependent on her participation and she’s not a box office draw outside of them.</p> <p>The amounts discussed sound outrageous but if she’s willing to accept them then what’s the incentive for studios to pay more?</p>

    More often than not, Scarlett Johansson solo vehicles flop. Lucy is actually looking more and more like an anomaly in it’s box office success.

    Black Widow is not integral to the success of Marvel movies. She’s on the level of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye or Anthony Mackie as Falcon. A good team member, but not Captain America, Thor, Black Panther or Iron Man.

    I feel like Saldana has the type of name recignition and cover girl appeal that the likes of Johansson gets paid for. Saldana may not be the most important member of any franchise she’s part of, but all these franchises get their money’s worth in the promotion, magazine covers and whatnot that Saldana provides. I feel Saldana should not be much behind Johansson in the pay scale. Neither are real draws, but they earn their keep with their celebrity and cover girl looks. Media always want to interview them, thus drawing eyes and attention onto the projects.

    And I feel llike if she was white and a key part of so many billion dollar franchises, studios would not hesitate to pay her like Johansson. Johansson probably has tougher agents negothating on her behalf. But Saldana is getting sold short.

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    Is it proven anywhere that Gillan made more than Zaldana, I’ve tried googling it a few time and can’t find anything, and I feel like the media would be all over that. An unrelated article I did find claims Vin Diesel made the second most for Infinity War behind RDJ for saying “I am Groot” a few times and I’m not convinced its true.

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    <p>Is it proven anywhere that Gillan made more than Zaldana, I’ve tried googling it a few time and can’t find anything, and I feel like the media would be all over that. An unrelated article I did find claims Vin Diesel made the second most for Infinity War behind RDJ for saying “I am Groot” a few times and I’m not convinced its true.</p>

    I left articles on the first comment. That was all I could find, but they gave me numbers.

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    There is no such thing as underpaid in Hollywood.

    eye roll and sigh
    Hollywood under and over pays everyone. Nonwhite female talent are seen as less essential to the industry by the decision makers.

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