Sienna Miller revealed in an interview with Empire magazine this week that Chadwick Boseman took money out of his salary to ensure she received equal pay on their 2019 crime thriller “21 Bridges.” The two actors starred opposite each other in the Brian Kirk-directed feature, which Boseman also produced. Miller said she intended to take an acting break when Boseman first approached her to join him in “21 Bridges.”
“He had been really active in trying to get me to do it,” Miller said. “He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold. So he approached me to do it, he offered me this film, and it was at a time when I really didn’t want to work anymore. I’d been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.”
Miller said she asked for a salary number the studio wouldn’t agree to pay her, adding, “Because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.’”
“Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for,” Miller continued. “He said that that was what I deserved to be paid. It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.’”
Miller said it was “unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully,” concluding, “In the aftermath of this I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very very quiet and go home and probably
Chadwick Boseman gave up part of his salary from starring and producing 2019’s 21 Bridges to secure Sienna Miller’s participation. Miller is telling the story for the first time because she says “it’s a testament to who he was.”
Miller played narcotics detective Frankie Burns in the action thriller following NYPD officer Andre Davis (Boseman) as he unravels a mysterious case possibly involving several high stakes players. The cards were stacked against him but he persevered in his search for justice and ensured the bad guys were caught.
Boseman died after a very private battle with colon cancer on Aug. 28 at the age of 43.
“I didn’t know whether or not to tell this story, and I haven’t yet. But I am going to tell it because I think it’s a testament to who he was,” the actress told Empire in a new interview. “This was a pretty big-budget film, and I know that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio wouldn’t get to. And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.’ And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that that was what I deserved to be paid.”
Miller expressed her gratitude for the thoughtful gesture and what it meant to her, a longtime actress who has worked in over three dozen film and TV projects across her career.
“It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced,” she said. “That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve,