Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood would be nothing without Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood, and I would say “vice versa,” but I’d definitely binge watch an entire Frank-less season of House of Cards where Claire just sends icy death rays at her rivals while working the hell out of a Donna Karan shift dress. Even though, Kevin and Robin’s roles are as equally as important, their paychecks weren’t equal until she pulled a Claire Underwood and demanded that those bitches pay her the same amount OR ELSE!
HuffPo says that in 2014, Kevin Spacey was reportedly making $500,000 an episode and last year, it was reported that Robin Wright was making about $420,000 an episode. Robin became a producer of HoC in 2014 and has directed a few episodes. While talking to a roomful of activist and philanthropist types at the Rockefeller Foundation yesterday, Robin said that she discovered that at one point First Lady CU’s approval ratings were higher than President FU’s, so she asked herself: WWCUD? (What Would Claire Underwood Do?) The answer is obviously: Stomp into the boardroom, throw down your demands and threaten to expose those tricks so hard that their families will divorce them out of embarrassment! So that’s what Robin did:
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin.’ It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in ‘House of Cards.’
I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
Not many things naturally take me to a higher place, but now I can add, “Picturing Robin Wright demand equal pay while in character as Claire Underwood,” to that short list. What I love most about this story is that Robin threatened to go public with her findings if they didn’t meet her demands, and after they did, she released her findings anyway. That is SO Claire Underwood!
With that being said, $500,000 per episode is a lot of damn money. Can’t Kevin and Robin let go of a little piece of that cash so that HoC’s wig department can get him a hairpiece that doesn’t look like it was just shot dead by Elmer Fudd?
And here’s Kevin Spacey testing the strength of his brand of toupee glue while going weeeee on a scooter on the NYC set of Rebel in the Rye last week.