Sienna Miller reveals a touching story about her “21 Bridges” co-star Chadwick Boseman.
In an interview with “Empire” published Monday, the actress said the late actor — who passed away from colon cancer on August 28 — took a pay cut for the 2019 action thriller in order to give her a worthy salary.
Speaking to the outlet, Miller explained that Boseman, a producer on the film, approached her for the role of Frankie, as he was a fan of her work.
“He produced ‘21 Bridges,’ and 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 nonstop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.”
Because of her hesitation to go back to work, and because her daughter had just started school, Miller would only do the film if she was compensated fairly. After the studio shot down her requested fee, Boseman stepped in and made sure Miller got the amount she deserved.
“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,” 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.”
To this day, Miller says Boseman’s generosity is “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 said.
“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 [with Boseman], it was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.’”
Per a statement posted to his Twitter account, Boseman was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, but still took on projects while simultaneously undergoing treatment.
He is survived by his family, including wife Taylor Simone Ledward.