Charlize Theron Had to Negotiate to Get the Same Salary as Her Next Male Costar

Finally, one upside of the hacked Sony e-mails.

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When a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures's computers last month, the corporate e-mails they leaked caused a sensation―and often not in a good way. Feuds, trash talk about celebrities, and personal employee data were all available for the public to consume.

But there may be one silver lining: pay transparency. Leaked documents showed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were getting a smaller cut of the profits than their male costars for appearing in American Hustle. And that has led movie studios to take a hard look at how they compensate women.

So when Charlize Theron signed on to film a sequel to the 2012 blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman, she apparently wouldn't settle until she got what she was worth. According to Page Six, she insisted she be paid as much as costar Chris Hemsworth, and her persistence paid off (literally). She'll reportedly be making more than $10 million–just as much as Thor himself.

Since Theron has an Oscar, plus big-budget flicks like Prometheus and Max Max: Fury Road under her belt, it's pretty clear she's deserving of a massive payday.


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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.