Octavia Spencer: LeBron James advocated for my equal pay on Netflix series
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer revealed LeBron James paid an integral role in getting her equal pay on an upcoming Netflix series.
“Madam C.J. Walker,” an upcoming eight-episode series which counts James’ SpringHill Entertainment among its producers, chronicles the rise of the titular character, who was America’s first black, self-made millionaire.
Spencer, who is set to portray Walker, revealed during a discussion over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival about how James advocated for her to receive equal pay for her work.
“I have to say, when I was negotiating my deal for ‘Madam C.J.,’ LeBron James had to intervene,” Spencer said, via TMZ.
James has long been making significant inroads into Hollywood via SpringHill Entertainment, and his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers is believed to have been motivated by his production company’s continued success in film, television and entertainment. Among SpringHill’s many projects is an upcoming film based upon a book about his youth in Ohio.
In this case, James rallied behind one of his project’s stars and made things right. Spencer stressed the onus is on men like James to support the quest of all women for equal compensation.
“We need all our male counterparts to be in the fight with us,” Spencer told reporters in Park City, Utah.