Dame Joan Collins has revealed the shocking thing Dynasty producers told her when she asked for a raise to fight for equal pay.
The legendary actress, who played the iconic Alexis Carrington on the
During the interview, Joan revealed that she did ask for a raise during her work in Dynasty, but producers rebuffed her because her on-screen male equivalent "had to earn more than her."
"Yes I did [try to tackle the gender pay gap]," she said. "Not that it did a lot of good. After I'd been on Dynasty for two or three years, and I was on the cover of every magazine and I was quite popular, I asked for a raise and it was totally dismissed out of hand and [they] said, 'You can't have a raise, the guy who plays Blake, John Forsythe, he has to get more than you, a lot more'.
"I could never find out more, I found out towards the end. The last series they finally gave me a raise. I became a very high [paid] actress but they only put me in eight out of the 12 episodes so I lost money – and he still got $5,000 a week more than I did. I tried! I tried, but now people like Jennifer Lawrence and other young actresses are standing up for it."
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