Chadwick Boseman donated part of his salary so Sienna Miller could get equal pay on ’21 Bridges’

Lizzy Buczak
September 30, 2020 - 2:25 pm
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As Hollywood remembers the late Chadwick Boseman, many are reflecting on his work, friendship, and legacy.

His former co-star Sienna Miller spoke with Empire magazine – which posthumously featured Boseman on the the cover – to recall a time when he was a real-life superhero.

In the interview, Miller recalled the actor being instrumental in casting her for the role of  Frankie Burns in the 2019 film “21 Bridges.”

The 38-year-old said Boseman approached her about the role during a time where she was hesitant to get back into acting.

"So he approached me to do it, he offered me this film, and it was at a time when I really didn't want to work anymore," she said. "I'd been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him,” she shared.

She explained that Boseman even went the extra mile and fought for her to get a higher salary.

Miller said she asked for a certain salary but the studio refused to pay it, further highlighting the pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Since she was already hesitant about doing the film and getting back into acting because her daughter was starting school, Miller clarified that she’d only do it if she was “compensated in the right way.”

So, Boseman took matters into his own hands and donated part of his salary so that she would be paid equally.

Miller said she was weary about telling the story, but decided to do it because it was a "testament to who he was."

"Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for," she revealed. "He said that that was what I deserved to be paid."

The actress called his generosity the “most astounding thing” she ever experienced.

"That kind of thing just doesn't happen. He said, 'You're getting paid what you deserve, and what you're worth.' It's just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully," she continued. "In the aftermath of this I've told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while,” she explained.

Miller said Boseman was selfless in his decision and didn’t exhibit any “showiness.”

The “Black Panther” actor died at the age of 43 after secretly battling colon cancer all while filming some of his biggest blockbusters.

He was buried near his hometown in South Carolina six days following his death.

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