Maggie Gyllenhaal initially felt she didn't 'deserve' the same pay as co-star James Franco
Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn't immediately overcome with elation when she received pay parity with her "Deuce" co-star James Franco.
While a guest on SiriusXM's "Tell Me Everything" hosted by John Fugelsang, the actress, detailed how she heard the news and the subsequent self-doubt.
“I just – out of the blue – got a phone call saying that HBO was going to significantly raise my salary," she said during Thursdays's interview. "I’m gonna be totally honest here, the first feeling I had was I felt kinda guilty. I just had this windfall."
Gyllenhaal, 41, added that she thought to herself, " ‘Wait, that’s not fair.’... But that’s where I’m brainwashed.”
“That’s where I’m like, ‘I don’t deserve this,’ and all this stuff..." she continued. "Like, ‘Well, of course, (Franco) is way more bankable, and so he is gonna...' whatever, and that I’ve been told for my entire career."
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After a short amount of time, Gyllenhaal began to see her value.
"It took me, maybe a day," she said, "to go like, ‘No, no, no, this is payback for a long time. When have I ever been paid the same as my male costar?’ “
The Golden Globe Award winner said it took some time to override what the industry has made her believe.
“It took me a while to kind of clear my head, because I think I'd spent a lot of time justifying this confused logic," she said.
The "Dark Knight" actress signed the Time's Up open letter, has donated to the legal defense fund and attended meetings.
"...There were a lot of actresses in the room (at meetings), many of whom were much younger and much older," she said at the time. "And there was also this group of actresses who are always pitted against each other: 'If this person doesn't do it, they'll come to you,' or 'If you don't do it, they'll go to her.' It was amazing to take the power back into our own hands and work together.
"I'm particularly compelled by the legal defense fund, because I am for due process," she continued. "We have to find a way to codify all this pain and misrepresentation, so to give money to pay for legal representation for women and men in many different industries who need (it) — that was exactly where I want to put my money in terms of all of this."
"The Deuce" returns for its third and final season Monday on HBO.
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Contributing: Patrick Ryan and Lorena Blas
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