Mark Wahlberg And Agency Donate $2 Million In Michelle Williams' Name To Time's Up Fund

He earned $1.5 million for a film re-shoot. She got $1,000.

In the wake of the public outcry over the vast pay disparity between himself and co-star Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and his agency William Morris Endeavor will be donating a combined $2 million in Williams' name to the Time's Up campaign. The move, announced Saturday, is part of a growing trend in Hollywood of actors and agencies taking a stand for what will hopefully be a lasting shift in the culture of the entertainment industry.

"The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap," WME said in a statement. "It's crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution."

Both Wahlberg and Williams were brought in for re-shoots on the film All the Money in the World last year after Christopher Plummer was hired to replace Kevin Spacey amid sexual harassment allegations against the actor. Wahlberg — who was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood last year — reportedly earned $1.5 million. Williams reportedly was paid $1,000. 

When made public, the vast pay disparity was condemned by fellow actors and activists alike. Entertainment industry union SAG-AFTRA has stated it will be investigating the incident. 

"Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in a statement. "I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name."

In addition to the $1.5 million from Wahlberg, WME announced it will be giving $500,000 to Time's Up. The agency is one of several who pledged donations to the campaign earlier this month.

The movement to end sexual harassment and inequality — including the closing of the gender wage gap — has taken a starring role in Hollywood since last fall. Launched weeks ago, Time's Up seeks to fight both issues in all industries and became a rallying cry at last week's Golden Globes.

In her statement acknowledging the donation, Williams, who was joined by founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke at the Golden Globes, pointed to the network of both men and women in Hollywood who are actively working to make changes in the industry. 

"Today isn't about me," the actress said. "My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment." 

Cover image via Debby Wong / Shutterstock.


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