Westworld stars get equal pay, big raises ahead of Season 3 premiere

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Oct 17, 2018, 2:07 PM EDT

Not only are the stars of Westworld getting raises for the upcoming third season, but it looks as though the lead actresses are getting paid as much as their male counterparts. Per The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, stars of HBO’s Emmy-nominated sci-fi/western drama Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton will all be getting $250,000 an episode.

The recently-negotiated salaries represent significant raises from their previous salaries, which THR reported were between $100,000 and $150,000 per episode. More importantly, this news confirms earlier reports made this year that Newton and Wood had secured the same paydays as their male co-stars for the third season. This also follows the news reported at the start of the year that Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker was getting paid the same as the previous actor who played The Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

When asked for further comment, HBO issued the following statement to SYFY WIRE: "HBO does not and would never comment on talent negotiations." 

These raises come months after HBO programming president Casey Bloys went through HBO’s show roster and looked to actively fix issues of pay parity between the shows’ male and female co-stars. "If we found any, we corrected it going forward," Bloys told the media outlet earlier this year. The news outlet also noted Bloys’ decision was prompted by the Time's Up movement and one of its leaders, Reese Witherspoon, who starred in HBO’s Big Little Lies.

(Via THR)