Ever since Bryce Dallas Howard ran away from dinosaurs in heels, her Jurassic World character Claire Dearing has been criticized by the Daily Beast, who called the film a “sexist mess.” Beginning the trilogy as a high-level executive at the prehistoric theme park, she was initially portrayed as cold for prioritizing her career over becoming a mother. It seems like some of the settings surrounding Claire in the author’s room wormed their way into Howard’s real-life treatment.
Following the recent conclusion of the trilogy with Jurassic World Dominion, Howard spoke to Insider about the pay gap between her and co-star Chris Pratt. While Variety reported in 2018 that she was paid $2 million less than Pratt for the second installment in the franchise, Fallen Kingdom, Howard has since revealed that the gap was much bigger: “When I started working on Jurassic negotiate, it was 2014 and it was a different world and I was at a great disadvantage. And unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and that’s how the deals are set” (via Insider).
Although Pratt’s name has become synonymous with the Jurassic World films, Howard still has a point in pointing the gap. They had about the same screen time, and Howard’s resume is just as impressive. In addition to Jurassic World, Howard has appeared in The Twilight Saga, The Help, and Black Mirror. Not to mention, like her famous father, Ron Howard, she’s also a director. Luckily, Howard revealed that Pratt had her wholeheartedly behind her and was committed to ensuring her equal pay in other areas.
Chris Pratt helped Bryce Dallas Howard get equal pay for spinoffs
Despite Chris Pratt’s divisive religious and political leanings, it’s unlikely anyone will have a problem with him standing up for his Jurassic World co-star. After Bryce Dallas Howard’s contract for the franchise caused her to earn millions less than him, he encouraged her to speak up and even joined in the conversation himself. In an exclusive interview with Insider, Howard said, “Whenever there’s been an opportunity to move the needle on things that haven’t been negotiated, like a game or a ride, [Chris Pratt] literally told me, ‘You don’t have to do anything. I will conduct all negotiations. We’ll get paid right away and you don’t have to think about it, Bryce.’”
In addition to the trilogy of Jurassic World films, the franchise has grown to include attractions at Universal theme parks, a range of video games and other toys, games and merchandise. The queues for theme park rides, such as Jurassic World: The Ride, feature videos of Pratt and Howard in character. While Howard was unable to renegotiate her salary for the films, she did manage to receive equal pay for these extracurricular activities. While she didn’t reveal the exact amount, Howard Pratt thanked with a brave statement: “I love him so much for that. I really do because I’ve been paid more for stuff like this than I’ve ever been paid for a movie.”