Beyond Miller’s pursuit for the film, Boseman went the extra mile to fight for his co-star to receive a higher salary to join the production, as he donated part of it. his own salary to increase his fees. “I didn’t know whether to tell this story or not, and I haven’t yet. But I’m going to say it, because I think it speaks to who he was, ”Miller says. “It was a big budget movie, and I know everyone understands the pay gap in Hollywood, but I asked for a number the studio wouldn’t come up with. And because I was reluctant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, “I will if I am compensated in the right way. And Chadwick ended up donating part of his salary to get me back to the number I asked for. He said that was what I deserved to be paid for.
For Miller, Boseman’s generosity and support was unparalleled in the industry. “It was the most amazing thing I have experienced,” she says. “That sort of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, “You are paid what you deserve and what you are worth. It is simply unfathomable to imagine another man in this town behaving with such grace or respect. Afterwards I told this story to other male actor friends and they all go really, really calm and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no clairvoyance, it was, ‘Sure, I’m going to get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid for.’
Read Miller’s full recollection of Chadwick Boseman in the new issue of Empire, on sale Thursday, October 1 and available for pre-order online here.