WHO: Robin Wright is an acclaimed movie and television actress most famous for her roles in films including Forest Gump and The Princess Bride. She currently stars in Netflix’s “House of Cards” as the devious and all-powerful Claire Underwood. Wright is also the mama of her two kids, Dylan (25) and Hopper (22). According to an interview in the Huffington Post, Wright cut back her full-time acting career for a part-time one as she raised her kids, and added that she is now “kind of on a comeback at 50 years old.”
WHY WE LOVE HER: Wright recently came forward with her experience of unequal pay with her House of Cards co-star, Kevin Spacey. According to her Huffington Post interview, at the time of her complaint, Spacey was making $500,000 per episode of House of Cards, while Wright was being paid $420,000 per episode, despite Wright’s statistics-backed claim that Claire’s character was more popular with viewers at the time. Wright says she “capitalized on the moment,” as she took her stats to Netflix and demanded her salary be matched with Spacey’s. And so it was.
ON HER DECISION TO TAKE A STAND: "It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in 'House of Cards'... I was like, 'You better pay me or I'm going to go public'...And they did."