Garcelle Beauvais is no newbie to starring in hit television shows such as “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “NYPD Blue,” but her paychecks seem to say otherwise. Beauvais, the first Black reality star on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” got real about her experience with pay inequality in a Wednesday, July 8, interview on the Variety “After-Show.”
The 53-year-old Haitian-American actress has been in show business for over two decades, but she explained she recently gained the courage to ask the networks for the same pay as her white counterparts. “It’s all about being treated equally. I want to be promoted the same way,” she stressed.
She added: “I want to be compensated the same way. … I’ve been in Hollywood over 20-something years, which is a feat in itself to continue working, and I’m so grateful. But I do feel that so many times, my white counterparts get paid 1000 percent more than I do. I know it for sure, and that really sucks.”
Garcelle went on imply that people of color are not always appreciated for their work. “We’re not valued as we should be. I just feel like it’s been happening for a long time, and now I’m not putting up with it. You don’t see my value you don’t get to have me in your project. Simple as that.”
On top of fighting for equal pay, the mother of three is also making strides to become the first Black woman to secure a diamond with the Bravo franchise. Garcelle joined the cast in season 10 as a friend to Lisa Rinna and Denise Richards, and fans have already gravitated toward her outspoken personality. On the Wednesday, July 8, episode Garcelle opened up about her estranged relationship with her father, sharing that he was largely absent from her life and explaining that her children are close to their fathers.