Sienna Miller has revealed that Chadwick Boseman used his own salary to top-up her pay on 21 Bridges after discovering that she wasn't being paid the figure she had asked for, saying that was what she "deserved to be paid."
Miller explained that she was approached to work on the film at a time when she had been planning to take a break, having worked non-stop previously, but she was a fan of Boseman and wanted to work with him.
"I didn't know whether or not to tell this story, and I haven't yet, but I am going to tell it, because I think it's a testament to who he was,” she told Empire. "This was a pretty big budget film, and I know that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio wouldn't get to.
"And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, 'I'll do it if I'm compensated in the right way.' And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that that was what I deserved to be paid."
"It was about the most astounding thing that I've experienced," Miller continued. "That kind of thing just doesn't happen. He said, 'You're getting paid what you deserve, and what you're worth.' It's just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully.
"In the aftermath of this I've told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness, it was, 'Of course I'll get you to that number, because that's what you should be paid'."
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically died last month following a four-year private battle with colon cancer. The sad news was announced via a statement published on social media, saying that Chadwick had continued to work as an actor alongside undergoing "countless surgeries and chemotherapy." His tragic death came as a shock to fans, as the actor didn't discuss his diagnosis publicly.
Miller's comments were part of a larger interview with Empire in remembrance of Chadwick Boseman.
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