Sharon Stone revealed she received millions less than her co-star for her role in Basic Instinct, and said there were often no women on set while she filmed intimate sex scenes
Sharon Stone has recalled being “surrounded by men” while filming nude sex scenes in the early days of her career.
Often there would be no other women on set while the raunchy scenes took place.
Speaking out at the New York Women In Film & Television’s Muse Awards lunch this week, Sharon said: “When I would go to the set there would be 300 men, and my hair and makeup and dressers were men, when I was doing sex scenes. It was all men and me.
“And sometimes I could ask the wardrobe supervisor, who may be a woman, if she wouldn’t mind staying on set while I did that.
“When they didn’t clear the set for me to do them, I could hear some actor saying, ‘Can you just get out of the way? I can’t see her t*ts.’”
The star went on: “Well, things have changed, and there are women in film now, and I am really grateful.”
She also revealed that she received millions less than her Basic Instinct co-star Michael Douglas for her role in the 1992 film – taking home just $500,000 (£400,000) while he raked in millions.
She explained: “Michael Douglas made $14million. Now, I was new. I was new and he was a very big star.
“We should think a lot more about what women can do.”
During her speech at the event, Sharon recalled being humiliated by one film producer who insisted on calling her ‘Karen’ throughout filming.
It began during her first audition for the flick and stuck all the way through filming.
When she was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role of Catherine Tramell, Sharon said the whole room collapsed into giggles over the nickname.
She said: “After 13 other women turned it down and I got the part, after auditioning for nine months. For the entirety of the film, the line producer called me Karen, to the point that when I went in for my first audition I came out so rattled I backed my car into a semi.
“Even at the Governors Ball he still called me Karen. I carried that humiliation really deeply within me, even when my name wasn’t on the poster.
“And when I got nominated for a Golden Globe and they called my name and the room laughed, I carried that humiliation quietly and decided to carry my dignity even louder.”
Now she’s greeted by cheers instead of laughter – and one Golden Globe and an Emmy later, it’s onwards and upwards for the Hollywood icon.