Octavia Spencer on gender gap: ‘I still haven’t been paid what I feel I deserve’
Actress Octavia Spencer has spoken out about Hollywood’s unequal gender pay gap.
Spencer, an iconic Oscar winner and the first black actress to receive two consecutive Academy Award nominations in back-to-back years, believes she continues to be underpaid despite her pioneering role within cinema.
“I haven’t gotten paid what I feel I deserve,” she said in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter when the conversation turned to the pay gap. “Not yet. But I always get a raise. Every single job, I get a raise,” she added, on the improved state.
She continued: “I don’t think any woman has really gotten what she deserves. But when I ask for something and they don’t meet it, I’m always willing to walk away.”
Spencer, who made her big screen debut in 1996 film A Time to Kill, has gone on to forge a career like no other within the industry, starring in pictures such as The Shape of Water, The Help, Hidden Figures and many more.
“There’s always room for advancement,” she added. “Educate yourself on what everybody else in the market is getting and then ask for what you deserve.
“You’re not always going to get it, but you also have to be willing to walk away at some point.”