Sienna Miller has shared a selfless gesture her late “21 Bridges” co-star, Chadwick Boseman, did for her because it is 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 told Empire magazine. “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.’”
Miller, 38, continued, “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.”
The actress said it was the “most astounding thing that I’ve experienced” in the entertainment industry. Boseman was also a producer for the 2019 film.
“That kind of thing just doesn’t happen,” she added. “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.”
Miller said Boseman did the kind act privately and there was “no showiness.” Boseman died in August at age 43 after a four-year battle with cancer.
Following his death, many friends praised the actor for keeping his illness out of the spotlight and continuing to work hard.
His trainer, Addison Henderson, said, “Chad had so much wisdom, so much knowledge, so much inside of him that he wasn’t going to let this disease stop him from telling these amazing stories and showing his art in the prime of his life.”
Boseman’s “Black Panther” co-star, Michael B. Jordan, said in a tribute,
“You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not … I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.”