In "House of Cards," Robin Wright plays a calculated woman who very rarely takes a backseat to anyone. Her character is as cunning as it beloved. Some would argue that Claire Underwood is more the star of the show than Kevin Spacey, who plays President Frank Underwood.
For this reason, Robin wants to be paid like her on-screen husband.
The actress told the Huffington Post that she demanded to be paid like Kevin for her work in the popular Netflix show.
"It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in 'House of Cards,'" she said. "I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, 'You better pay me or I'm going to go public.'"
While neither her nor Kevin's salary is exactly known, it was reported in 2014 that he made $500,000 an episode, but that number is believed to have perhaps doubled since then. Last year, Forbes said Robin made $420,000 a episode.
So, Robin demanded equal pay and, guess what, she apparently got it. Really, though, is it that surprising? Perhaps Robin has some of Claire Underwood's traits, after all…. And, generally speaking, what Claire wants, Claire gets.
Below are Robin, er Claire's, best power moves on "House of Cards" (Beware: Spoiler Alerts ahead!).
— You don't leave a sitting president, right? Claire doesn't play by the rules. At the end of season 3, Claire and Frank are having intense marital trouble after he essentially chooses his job over her. Claire has questions as to whether she even still loves him. In the season finale, she and Frank get into an ugly fight in which she says he is not enough for her. Frank said, "All I'm hearing is that it's not enough, that the White House is not enough, that being the first lady is not enough, not enough." She replies, "No, it's you that's not enough." Day-um! She then leaves him.
— At the beginning of season 4, the public still doesn't know about the couple's split. Claire wants more. She begins to think about a congressional seat before thinking bigger. By the end of the season, while Frank is in the midst of his presidential campaign, she forced Frank's presumptive Vice Presidential nominee out and, wouldn't you know it, she becomes her husband's running mate.
— Michael Corrigan was an American LGBT Activist who was opposed to conservative laws introduced by Russian President Viktor Petrov. He was arrested. Claire, while acting as UN Ambassador, traveled to Russia to negotiate his release. Michael ends up hanging himself with Claire's scarf while she slept in his jail cell. In her speech to announce his death, she is supposed to thank the Russian president for his treatment of the the prisoner. Rather, though, before the world media, she gives details of Michael's disdain for the Russian President. "If it wasn't for this law and the ignorance and intolerance of your government, Michael would still be with us. Shame on you, Mr. President." She said this to his face.
— Claire was raped when she was younger but few people knew. The man who raped her was a decorated military general. Frank is due to pin a medal on this man in a ceremony, but doesn't want to. Claire encourages him to. Then in a separate interview with CNN, she named her accuser. General Dalton McGinnis was found guilty during his court-martial, and sentenced to forty years in prison. His case starts a public discussion about sexual violence in the U.S. military.
— In season 4, the marriage between Frank and Claire is more of an arrangement than a romance. Clair has been spending time with journalist Tom Yates and she develops an attraction for him. Frank knows and doesn't care. Claire knows that Franks knows and doesn't care. She's still the VP nominee and now has a new romance. Claire is having her cake and eating it, too.