Months after actress Ruth Wilson complained about not getting paid enough as a star on “The Affair,” her character was killed off in dramatic fashion.
Wilson’s character, Allison, one of the show’s four leads, committed suicide.
Meanwhile, Showtime announced the renewal of “The Affair” for a final season.
A few months ago, Wilson claimed she gets paid less money than co-star co-star Dominic West, linking it to the so-called “gender pay gap.”
"I definitely get less money than a male in my situation would. Definitely. Yeah, I think so,” she told Radio Times. "Certainly when I signed up to that project, I would have got paid less. Then they [the producers] might argue, 'Well, he’s already done a major American TV show ['The Wire'] so he’s already got a level.' But even after a Golden Globe I’m not going to be on parity."
However, she also said she hadn’t brought the issue up to West or the show.
It’s quite hard to bring that up in a way. But it needs to be an open discussion and men need to help us out," she said.
She added, ”I don’t want more money, I just want equal money. Which means men have to take less.”
It’s still unclear whether Wilson’s remarks had something to do with her departure from the show. What we do know is Wilson supposedly wanted to leave.
"In the Hollywood Reporter, the producer of the show, Sarah Treem, only says Wilson asked to leave the show. Of course, THR didn’t bother to ask Treem if that had anything to do with Wilson’s pay parity declaration– if Treem had decided to kill her off, or what happened,” ShowBiz411 reported.