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Thrilling Tuesday: Actress and Activist Robin Wright Pushes Boundaries

Alyson Campbell

You may know her as Claire Underwood on the hit Netflix series "House of Cards," or you may still remember her as the young Jenny Curran from "Forrest Gump." However you may know of Robin Wright, you may soon discover that she is as much of an activist as she is a remarkable actress.

On May 17, Robin Wright revealed that she demanded equal pay as her male co-star Kevin Spacey, for her leading role in “House of Cards,” during an hour-long discussion for the “Insight Dialogues” series. The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting this series to encourage meaningful conversations with activists, leaders and philanthropists in New York.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show “House of Cards,” Wright’s character, the impeccable Claire Underwood, plays the 48th First Lady of the United States and wife of President Frank Underwood. Although the power couple begins the series as equals, Claire increasingly struggles to define her own rights, respect and power in her husband’s shadow. As she works relentlessly for Frank and his spot in the White House throughout each season, she finds her goals and position belittled and disregarded.

Wright, who is also a producer and frequent director for the show, shared how she fought to receive the same pay as Kevin Spacey during the event.

“It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal, and they are in “House of Cards,” said Wright. “I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”

Back in 2014, Spacey’s salary was reported at $6.5 million during Season 2 of the show, with each episode paying him $500,000. Forbes Magazine reported last year that Wright earned $5.5 million through the show, roughly estimating $420,000 per episode.

Wright now joins the cultivating group of women in Hollywood who are openly tackling issues of equal rights and pay. This group of women activists includes Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Emma Watson, to name a few.

Not only is Wright an outspoken supporter for equal pay, she also raises awareness of the issues concerning civil wars in the Congo. Wright had recently promoted a documentary she co-produced and narrated called “When Elephants Fight,” about the Congo and how our corporations are basically ransacking the country for the minerals we use to make our electronics, including phones, tablets and computers.

To learn more about Wright’s work in the Congo and her plans to bring about real change to regions of Africa, visit http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/04/24/what-drives-samantha-power-and-robin-wright-to-activism-empathy-personal-stories-and-the-occasional-claire-underwood-power-dress/

Follow Wright on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Robin-Wright- 306526802694916/ to keep up with her acting and philanthropic works. 

Read more on Robin Wright’s fight for equal pay on “House of Cards”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robin-wright- kevin-spacey- equal- pay_us_573b619ce4b0aee7b8e7f5a9

Happy Thrilling Tuesday!

 

With love,

The Heart & Soul PR, Inc. Team