Character actress Judy Greer has had an incredible career, popping up in a long list of television shows and movies, from 13 Going on 30 to Archer to three of this summer’s most anticipated blockbusters, Ant-Man, Tomorrowland and Jurassic World. And the desire to keep working regularly has long kept Greer mum when it came to gender inequality in Hollywood. Until now.
Promoting her new book, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: My Life as a Co-Star, Greer opened up for Glamour, writing an essay titled, “Why Should a Man Make More Than Me?” In it, she muses, “Sometimes I wonder: In a parallel universe where I did everything the same but happened to be a man, would I be more successful? Would I have to hustle less? Could I eat carbs?”
The whole piece is definitely worth your time, but the key focus is ultimately on former Sony exec Amy Pascal’s claim that women in Hollywood are paid less because they demand less. You might remember Pascal was defending herself against the facts that American Hustle’s female cast members (Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams) were paid FAR less than their male co-stars. But Greer points out Pascal placing the blame on women is bullshit because of a simple thing called supply and demand. Basically, there are fewer roles for women across the board. So to keep working, you basically have to accept less, less well-written roles, less money. Just less. She writes:
“I could, of course, refuse work that won’t pay as well, wait for the perfect project to come along, and then hope and pray that it’s a financial and critical success. But that means I would be willing to work less, earn less, and wait for results that are totally out of my control. How is that really a choice?”
Kristy Puchko would like to remind you, you’re not her supervisor!