Chadwick Boseman continues to prove how generous he was in life, thanks to Sienna Miller sharing a personal story about how Boseman helped her increase her pay during the filming of 21 Bridges.
As reported by NME, Miller told Empire that Boseman recruited her to 21 Bridges, which he was also starring in. “He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold,” she said. “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 non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.”
Miller related a story that she said “it’s a testament to who he was.”
“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,” she said. “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.'”
“Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for,” she continued. “He said that that was what I deserved to be paid. I 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 said. “In the aftermath of this I’ve told other male actor friends of min 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 as no showiness, it was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number because that’s what you should be paid.”