Around the time of the 2018 release of the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom sequel, reports surfaced of a salary gap among the film’s cast, with Bryce Dallas Howard earning $2 million less than co-lead Chris Pratt, for a total of $8 million -Dollar. But in a new interview with Insider, Howard revealed that the differences were actually much bigger.
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard said in the article published Monday as part of the campaign for Jurassic World Threequel Dominion’s home entertainment release. “When I first started negotiating for Jurassic it was 2014 and it was a different world and I was at a huge disadvantage. And unfortunately you have to sign up for three films and so the deals are set.”
Where Howard would make up for the money lost on her original deal for the trilogy was in side earnings — and it was Pratt herself who came forward to help the actress get her fair share.
“What I want to say is that Chris and I talked about it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle over things that hadn’t been negotiated yet, like a game or a ride, he would literally tell me: ‘You guys don’t even 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,'” Howard shared. “And I love him so much for it. I really do because I’ve been paid more for things like this than I’ve ever been paid for the film.”
The first film in Universal’s Jurassic Park spinoff series, which received critical acclaim in the US in June 2015, has grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide and currently ranks the seventh-biggest film of all time. Sequel Fallen Kingdom has grossed over $1.3 billion while the newer Dominion has grossed over $974 million so far.
This film, directed by Colin Trevorrow – who also directed the original Jurassic World – hit theaters on June 10 and is currently the second highest-grossing film of the year behind Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick. Dominion will be released tomorrow on digital, Blu-ray and DVD.
Next up for Howard is spy-action Argylle, directed by Matthew Vaughn for Apple TV+. A premiere date has not yet been set.