Sofia Coppola is an Oscar-winning director with a career that spans decades in Hollywood behind titles like Priscilla, The Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides, to name a few.
Despite so many memorable titles in her history demonstrating that she is a recognizable director, Coppola still sees a disparity between genders in Hollywood.
In a recent interview, Coppola reflected on the struggle to get paid close to what her male counterparts bank when directing a film.
“I just see all these men getting hundreds of millions of dollars and then I’m fighting for a tiny fraction of that,” Coppola told the BBC. “I think it’s just left over from the way the culture of that business is.”
She continued, “I’m always fighting to get it and I’m just happy to get to make my movies independently and find people that believe in them.”
When taking on directing, writing and producing Priscilla, Coppola said she took a different approach to make the most out of her budget.
“There’s a challenge and a freedom in making things small because if you have a big budget, you have a lot of input from studio executives, and I would never be able to make a movie like that,” said. “So I have that freedom. And then you have to be really crafty and it was really hard but I had the best team.”
Priscilla is a biopic based on the 1985 memoir Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley. Cailee Spaeny plays the titled character while Jacob Elordi gave life to Elvis Presley.
Women behind the camera are not the only ones calling out the pay gap in Hollywood. The Color Purple star Taraji P. Henson also recently broke down while talking about the pay disparity she has experienced throughout her career.