Susan Sarandon Says Paul Newman Gave Her Part of His Salary to Ensure Equal Pay


Susan Sarandon has revealed that former co-star Paul Newman gave her part of his salary when she realised he was getting paid more than her.

The Hollywood star was starring in 1998 film Twilight alongside Newman and Gene Hackman when she later discovered they were both receiving a larger salary.

Sarandon, who is promoting new film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, told BBC 5 Live: “Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs – that happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago.”

She shared that Newman – who died in 2008 – gave part of his salary to Sarandon, saying: “He stepped forward and said, ‘Well I’ll give you part of mine’. So, yeah, he was a gem.”

Sarandon, who received equal billing alongside her male co-stars in the film, revealed that it was only Newman and Hackman who benefited from “favoured nation,” an agreement whereby producers ensure actors are given the same terms as their fellow stars.

The actor – who received an Emmy Award-nomination for her role of Bette Davis in TV series Feud: Bette and Joan – told the radio station that “the unwanted exchange” between actress and producer will “go away.”