Sienna Miller Turned Down Role After Being Offered Half Of Male Co-Star’s Salary

Sienna Miller

by Georgia Aspinall |

With seemingly no woman untouched by the gender pay gap, Sienna Miller is the latest of many to speak out about her experiences of workplace sexism. Speaking at the United Nation’s annual meeting on gender equality, the actor opened up about the moment that was ‘pivotal’ in her life.

In her speech, she told the story of when she was offered a role that she ‘was in love with’ but turned it down after finding out her male-costar was earning more than double what she was offered. She told the audience:

‘A few years ago, I was offered a gutsy, powerful role in a play that was close to my heart. It was a two-hander on Broadway, but I was offered less than half what my male costar was being paid,

‘The decision to turn down this particular role was difficult and lonely. I was forced to choose between making a concession on my self-worth and dignity and a role that I was in love with.

‘It turned out to be a pivotal moment in my life. Not because I did it. But because I didn’t.’

Opening up further about the Time’s Up organisation, she cited her fellow actor Reese Witherspoon in starting the legal defense fund which she states has ‘already helped 1,500 women courageous women’ after raising more than $20million in less than three months. She continued:

‘For me, the strongest significance of the Time’s Up movement is that, by bringing to light the darkest moments of some of the most powerful women in Hollywood, it sends a message to those who admire and listen to them.

‘This message is that sexual harassment happens to everyone, even those who we think are untouchable because of their fame or celebrity status. It sends the message that being treated unfairly, cannot be an intrinsic part of being a woman.’

Her powerful speech can be seen in full here:

At the same event, she went on to discuss her experience with harassment from the paparazzi, which led her to bring legal action against a number of different publications in 2008. She told audience members she was ‘relentlessly harassed by 15 camera-armed men on a daily basis, determined to scare me to the point of rage or tears in the name of getting a newsworthy shot.’

Ultimately, she decided to sue for harassment and invasion of privacy, stating ‘I fought back, and changed the privacy laws,’

Despite her fraught past experiences with harassment and gender bias of different kinds, she gave a hopeful message about the future thanks to the MeToo and Time’s Up movements, stating:

‘I am excited that this movement challenges the loneliness and isolation we have all felt in relatively insignificant or extreme situations. I really feel that as women, we are no longer alone.’

Time’s Up continues to support women in need of legal support for sex discrimination cases, you can donate to the legal defense fund here.

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1- Celebrity Sightings In New York City - January 15, 2015
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3- January 12, 2015
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4- 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  jan 11
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5- American Sniper' New York Premiere  dec 15 2014
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6- Just One Eye Launches Ulysses Tier 1- The Ultimate Disaster Relief Kit 5 dec 2014
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7- Celebrity Sightings In New York City - December 04, 2014 dec 4 2014
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8- 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals nov 30 2014
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10- London Celebrity Sightings - October 29, 2014
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11- International Medical Corps' Annual Awards Dinner Ceremony oct 23 2014
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12- Foxcatcher - Official Screening 58th BFI London Film Festival, oct 16th 2014
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13- 52nd New York Film Festival - 'Foxcatcher' Premiere oct 10 2014
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14- oct 5 2014 'Effie Gray' - World Premiere
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15- Celebrity Sightings On Day 4 Of London Fashion Week SS15 - September 15, 2014
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16- London Celebrity Sightings - JULY 29, 2014
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17- Celebrity Sightings In London - June 25, 2014 25 jun 2014
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18- Sienna Miller at Diesel Black Gold Flagship Store Cocktail Party - 16 June 2014
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22- Sienna Miller in Dolce and Gabbana at BMW i3 event - July 2013
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23-Sienna Miller in Topshop dress with a Anya Hindmarch Bathurst bag at Glastonbury - 29 June 2013
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24 3- Sienna Miller in Topshop dress with a Anya Hindmarch Bathurst bag at Glastonbury - 29 June 2013
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24-Sienna Miller in Topshop dress with a Anya Hindmarch Bathurst bag at Glastonbury - 29 June 2013
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25 2- Sienna Miller in Matthew Williamson at The BAFTAs - 12th May 2013
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25-Sienna Miller in Burberry at Met Gala - 6 May 2013
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26-Sienna Miller in Erdem - Golden Globe Awards 2013
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28- Sienna Miller at the Hamptons Film Festival in Alessandra Rich, Oct 2012
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29- Sienna Miller at the Hamptons Film Festival, Oct 2012
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31-Sienna Miller at the Beatles Illuminated launch, June 2011
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34 2-Sienna Miller at the UNESCO gala in Stella McCartney, Nov 2010
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34- Sienna Miller in a TOD's trench coat, July 2010
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35 3- Sienna Miller at Glastonbury, June 2010
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35 2- Sienna Miller in a Twenty8Twelve playsuit, May 2010
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35-Sienna Miller with Savannah Miller, 2007
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36- Sienna Miller with Savannah Miller, 2007
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Sienna Miller in Balenciaga at the Cannes Film Festival - May 2015 [Rex]

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Sienna Miller in Gucci at the Cannes Film Festival - May 2015 [Rex]

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Sienna Miller in Sonia Rykiel at the Cannes Film Festival - May 2015 [Rex]

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Sienna Miller in Victoria Beckham - September 2015 [Rex]

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Sienna Miller in Burberry at the Burberry show, Spring Summer 2016 - September 2015 [Rex]

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