Netflix Show 'The Crown' Paid Claire Foy Less Than Her Male Co-Star Matt Smith
Published on March 14, 2018
“The Crown” paid the queen less than the prince. Executive producers behind the award-winning show admitted actor Matt Smith, who plays Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip made more money than the queen herself because he was previously in “Doctor Who.”
Each episode of “The Crown” had a $7 million budget but Claire Foy made only an estimated $40,000 per episode (Matt’s pay has not been reported thus far.) The producers said they would “rectify” the pay gap stating, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.”
But the problem is season 3 and 4 don’t even feature Claire Foy anymore because they take place decades later. In an effort to close the pay gap, California has banned employers from asking about previous wages, which has stunted women’s wages in Hollywood.
This wage gap is one of many different ways that Hollywood has undercut women as of late. Although the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been gaining traction as of late, there are still plenty sexist situations that need to be called out. Hopefully, as these movements continue to grow, and Hollywood figures continue to get called out for sexist behavior, situations like “The Crown’s” will happen less and less.