Actress Sienna Miller is remembering her late “21 Bridges” co-star Chadwick Boseman in a new interview with Empire.
Miller told the story of Boseman’s “astounding” and “unfathomable” kindness before they even began shooting the movie.
She was uncertain about sharing the gesture, but called it a “testament to who he was.”
Sienna explained that she nearly turned down the film because of the timing, and decided she would only take the job if she was paid the salary she was asking for.
Miller said, “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.”
Sienna continued, “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.’ It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully.”
She added, “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 have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness. It was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.’”
Boseman passed away Aug. 28 after battling colon cancer. He was 43.