For her subsequent movie after “Notting Hill,” “Erin Brockovich,” Julia Roberts scored a $20 million paycheck. As Historical past issues out, $20 million paychecks was the objective for movie stars within the overdue ’90s. Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Sylvester Stallone had all made that financial institution prior to. Roberts was once the primary girl to achieve this.
Common did not need to shell out that roughly cash for a girl. However (in keeping with Historical past) her agent, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, went to bat for Roberts in opposition to the studio’s hypocrisy: “With 5 motion pictures that grossed greater than $100 million, Goldsmith-Thomas argued, Roberts was once smartly worth the similar paycheck as male stars akin to Leonardo DiCaprio or Adam Sandler, every of whom had commanded $20 million after scoring just one hit of that magnitude.”
The paycheck paid off for Common. “Erin Brockovich” made $125 million on the home field place of work, and received Roberts a Perfect Actress Oscar. A lesson to us all: forestall lowballing your worth.