Is House of Cards losing Claire? Star upset with pay

Laurence Mozafari
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From Digital Spy

House of Cards' Claire Underwood and Kevin Spacey make a formidable team as First Lady and President of the United States in Netflix's hit political show, but it seems the pair don't match up quite as fairly in real-life when it comes to pay.

It seems the gender pay gap is just as prevalent in television as it is in Hollywood movies and the workplace in general, as Robin Wright explained to The Edit.

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Speaking to Garbage star Shirley Manson, Robin revealed that she was told she was getting equal pay – but later discovered that it wasn't the case.

"I was told that I was getting equal pay [to Kevin] and I believed them, and I found out recently that it's not true... so that's something to investigate," she said.

"Claire and Francis are equivalent as far as their power, their union and the plot. I may not have as many scenes or words as Francis, but Claire doesn't need to verbalize as much.

"Francis is an orator, a poet, a demonstrator. Claire is an [ego] that sits in the back and directs him, but they are partners on the same plane."

Robin previously spoke out about her fight for equal pay ahead of House of Cards season 4, and the pay gap is even more ironic given that the show has one of the most powerful female casts on television.

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Now Robin, who's also appearing in upcoming DC superhero movie Wonder Woman, as well as Blade Runner 2049, has revealed she wants to quit acting to focus on producing behind the camera.

"I only want to direct. I don't want to be in front of the camera anymore. I've done it, I'm bored. I so appreciate [this career]," she explained.

"I've been doing it 30 years, but I love watching and helping other actors bring [their talent] to fruition. I was working with my daughter [Dylan Penn] last night because she has an audition for a TV show.

"We were running lines and I was giving her some directions, and I saw her take the direction and the [next] take was so good."

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Nevertheless the actress praised her formidable co-star Kevin Spacey and said despite the nature of the super-intense show, they have a right old laugh.

"I never thought House of Cards would be what it is; I thought it would only [last] a year," she revealed. "It's the greatest crew.

"Kevin and I giggle all day long, to the point where they won't allow non-waterproof mascara on me, because I am crying laughing."

Claire Underwood delivered a chilling address to Netflix viewers in the latest trailer for House of Cards season 5, which lands on Netflix on May 30.

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