On a recent episode of the Fox program “Outnumbered,” actor Dean Cain discussed the widely reported “gender pay gap,” the perception that women in Hollywood get paid less based on their sex.
Cain argued that actors are paid "based on their worth" no matter what their sex. He also pointed out that when he played Superman in the 1990s show "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," he made less than co-star Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane.
“Outnumbered” co-host Melissa Francis brought up the issue of the pay gap, arguing that there are not reliable studies on the topic. The exchange with Cain went as follows:
Francis: "If I was going to write a study about it and try and submit it somewhere to be taken seriously, you would look at how much money these stars generated in the past. What was your last box office? How many viewers came into your last show? And then you would pay them based on that. I couldn’t find any studies that crunched those numbers. So I don’t know if these numbers are real. Are they real, Dean?"
Dean Cain: “Well, it's a weird thing. Statistics, and you know they can paint any picture you want, so they’re saying [it's] in the entertainment industry. I don’t think that means just actors and actresses. But if we're talking just actors and actresses, actresses and actors get paid based on their worth. That’s it."
Francis: "So you disagree with this?"
Cain: "I do. I don’t know what the entertainment industry numbers are. But as actors and actresses, when I played Superman, when I made my first deal, I wasn’t the one making the most money on the show."
Francis: "Even though you were Superman."
Cain: "And Clark Kent. But I wasn’t making the most, and then our salaries were the same.”