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Michelle Williams Finally Speaks Up On Pay Gap Controversy Involving Co-Star Mark Wahlberg



Michelle Williams finally broke her silence on the furor surrounding the pay discrepancy in the movie All The Money In The World.

Following Wahlberg's announcement that he would be donating all of the reshoot money he made from the movie to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, in Williams's name, the actress has spoken out in praise of his decision.

"Today isn't about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice," Williams said in a statement to ELLE.

"Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours," she continued, referencing Kevin Spacey's alleged victim who originally appeared in All The Money In The World alongside Williams and Wahlberg.  

The two actors returned to the set for reshoots following Spacey's unceremonious firing less than two months before the movie's scheduled premiere, in the wake of explosive allegations. Actor Christopher Plummer took his spot in the lead role of J. Paul Getty in this Ridley Scott-directed movie. 

However, it was reported at the time that while Wahlberg got a whopping $1.5 million for the reshoots, Williams made less than $80 per diem, totaling less than $1,000 overall for her contribution. 

"I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film," fellow actress Jessica Chastain tweeted at the time. 

Scott originally claimed all actors took part in the reshoots for free. It was only when anonymous sources spoke to the press that the huge gender wage gap disparity came to light. 

The WME (William Morris Executive) agency, which represents the two actors as well as Scott, has also pledged to donate an additional $500,000 to Time's Up in light of Wahlberg's announcement.

Time's Up was established to combat sexual harassment in Hollywood and across other industries. To date, it has reached its goal of raising $16 million worth of legal defense fund for sexual assault victims.

Williams was one of the founding members of Time's Up.

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