Maggie Gyllenhaal Explains Why Getting Equal Pay Made Her Feel Guilty

Maggie Gyllenhaal is opening up about receiving a salary increase on her HBO show The Deuce so that her pay was equal to co-star James Franco.

The 41-year-old actress says that she has been paid less than her male co-star for years and she had an interesting reaction when she got parity.

“Out of the blue I got a phone call saying that HBO was going to significantly raise my salary. I am going to be totally honest here. The first feeling I had was, I felt kind of guilty,” she told SiriusXM’s John Fugelsang.

“Like I thought, ‘I just had this windfall? Wait, that’s not fair.’ That’s where I’m brainwashed. I’m like, ‘I don’t deserve this,’” Maggie continued, adding how James is a more “bankable” actor than her.

“That’s what I’ve been told for my entire career,” she said. “It took me maybe a day to go, ‘No, no, no, this is payback for a long time, when have I ever been paid the same as my male costar?’ It took me awhile to kind of clear my head.”

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