Actress Jada Pinkett Smith poses during the premiere of "Skate Kitchen" at the Library Theatre during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
PARK CITY, Utah
Jada Pinkett Smith is praising Jessica Chastain for fighting for pay equity in Hollywood.
During a diverse storytelling panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Pinkett Smith on Sunday relayed the story that Chastain negotiated raises for both her and actress Octavia Spencer, who are co-starring in an upcoming comedy.
"Jessica stood up for Octavia and I want you to know because they stood together, they got three times what they were asking for as a unit," she said.
Pinkett Smith stressed the importance of women in Hollywood working together to stop wage disparity.
"It's nice to go out and march, we can do that. It's nice to wear black at the Golden Globes. But what are we doing behind closed doors? And I got to give our sister Jessica Chastain her props."