The pay gap between “Jurassic World” franchise stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard was positively prehistoric, but he stepped right into it to insist on pay equity where he could, Howard said in a recent interview.
The gap was bigger than the $2 million difference that had first been reported in 2018, Howard told Insider in a recent interview. But Pratt stepped up once he knew, making sure her pay was higher for ancillary spinoff projects.
Initially it was reported that Howard earned $8 million for Pratt’s $10 million in the second movie in the trilogy, “Fallen Kingdom,” even though they were co-leads in all three movies comprising a continuation of the “Jurassic Park” narrative.
“The reports were so interesting, because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told Insider in an interview for the third movie, “Jurassic World Dominion.” “When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set.”
These figures were unshakable even though “Jurassic World Dominion has grossed $373 million in the U.S. and $974 million worldwide since opening in June, according to Variety.
Pratt couldn’t do anything about the movie deals, carved in stone as they were, but he pushed for pay equity on things that hadn’t been negotiated yet, such as spinoff video games and theme park rides, Howard told Insider.
“What I will say is that Chris and I have discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on stuff that hadn’t been already negotiated, like a game or a ride, he literally told me: ‘You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m gonna do all the negotiating. We’re gonna be paid the same, and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce,’” Howard said. “And I love him so much for doing that. I really do, because I’ve been paid more for those kinds of things than I ever was for the movie.”