Hollywood actress Tiffany Haddish recently spoke out on the issue of pay disparity between men and women in the entertainment industry and noted that women usually don’t speak openly about money.
Haddish has been on a roll with her career following her breakout movie “Girls Trip” and her best-selling autobiography “The Last Black Unicorn.” During an interview with Variety, the comedian explained how she’s not afraid to ask for the same amount of pay as her male counterpart in her industry.
“You know what they say? “A close mouth don’t get fed,” said the 38-year-old. “I do the research. I ask around. I’ve made friends with line producers that cut those checks, production managers, so I can be like, ‘So, on average, how much does a girl get paid for? How much does a guy get paid?’ OK, I’m gonna ask for the guy fee on this one.”
Haddish said she’s always upfront when it comes to asking about her pay grade, whether it’s for a role in a movie or an appearance at a comedy club.
“I’ve made friends with a lot of the managers, especially in Los Angeles area, so I can find out, like, ‘How much y’all pay George Lopez when he pops in?’ So I know I can say, ‘Well, give me $4,000 for 35 minutes,'” she added.
Haddish’s work ethic stems from ambition and being “homeless” during one point in her life. She said she’s seen the women in her life bust their butts working so hard and noted how important it is to “know your worth” and “don’t settle for less.”
The “Uncle Drew” star said a lot of women are afraid to speak on the gender pay gap because “we don’t even really know what we’re supposed to get” paid.
“We don’t get paid the same as men do is because we don’t talk about it,” she continued. “I think we do need to talk about it, because I sure get in there and I’m like, ‘Hey, Kate Hudson. How much do they pay you for that? What kind of perks do you get for that?’ I didn’t know they could fill your room up with whatever kind of food you want.”
Haddish was recently dissed by her male counterpart comedian Katt Williams after he said she “has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody.” The two later made up at the Emmy Awards show and were photographed together.
The 38-year-old comedian was recently chosen as one of Variety’s Power of Women honorees.