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‘House of Cards’: Robin Wright Thought She Was Finally Making Equal Pay To Kevin Spacey — But It Was “Not True”

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Deceit and deception evidently isn’t limited to the dark underbelly of the D.C. political scene when it comes to House of Cards.

Back in May of 2016, Robin Wright demanded to be payed the same wage as her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey, and she got it… or so she thought. Spacey was reportedly making $500,000 per episode back in 2014, before Season Three premiered. Insiders had said that number may have moved up to $1 million since that time, while Wright was making around $420,000 an episode. While the actress was under the impression the salary discrepancy was settled, she recently revealed that she was lied to.

“I was told that I was getting equal pay and I believed them, and I found out recently that it’s not true,” Wright told Net-a-Porter. “So that’s something to investigate. Claire and Francis are equivalent as far as their power, their union, and the plot. I may not have as many scenes or words as Francis, but Claire doesn’t need to verbalize as much. Francis is an orator, a poet, a demonstrator. Claire is an [ego] that sits in the back and directs him, but they are partners on the same plane.”

Wright said she wasn’t nervous about approaching the studio, admitting that she’s been emboldened by experience but wouldn’t have been as vocal earlier in her career.

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