'Jurassic World' star Bryce Dallas Howard reveals she made 'so much less' than Chris Pratt

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"Jurassic World" star Bryce Dallas Howard is addressing the wage gap between her and co-star Chris Pratt, revealing it's "so much" greater than previously reported.

Howard, 41, and Pratt, 43, have been co-leads in the dinosaur trilogy, but their pay hasn't reflected that.

In 2018, Variety reported the actress earned $8 million for the second film, "Fallen Kingdom," and the actor was paid $10 million.

Howard told Insider in an interview published Monday that their wage gap was much more than $2 million. "The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less," she said.

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"When I started negotiating for 'Jurassic,' it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage," Howard continued, adding, "And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set."

Howard said she wasn't able to negotiate for equal pay for the film franchise, but said Pratt pushed to make sure they were paid the same for other endeavors related to "Jurassic Park" such as spinoff video games and theme-park rides.

"Whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on stuff that hadn't been already negotiated, like a game or a ride, (Chris) literally told me: 'You guys don't even have to do anything. I'm gonna do all the negotiating. We're gonna be paid the same, and you don't have to think about this, Bryce,'" she revealed.

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Pratt negotiating on Howard's behalf eventually led to her getting "paid more for those kinds of things than I ever was for the movie."

"I love him so much for doing that. I really do," Howard said.

USA TODAY reached out to representatives for Howard, Pratt and Universal Pictures.

In the sci-fi action adventure's third installment "Jurassic World Dominion" (in select theaters), Howard’s character, Claire Dearing – who evolved from theme park manager in heels to dino-saving hero in sensible footwear over three "Jurassic World" films – navigates a rooftop chase, hides underwater from a gigantic beast and parachutes out of a plane, then is attacked by a deadly winged Quetzalcoatlus.

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The actress previously told USA TODAY she loves stunt work, although she is not yet ready to become the next Tom Cruise.

I want be able to do as much as possible that is never going to slow production down, but my rule is that insurance has to cover it," she said with a laugh. "

For the plane stunt, director Colin Trevorrow asked whether she wanted to do it for real, Cruise style, “and thank God, insurance came to the rescue,” Howard quipped.

"Jurassic World Dominion" earned $143.4 million its opening weekend at the box office in June.

"We couldn’t be happier," Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, told The Associated Press. "'Jurassic World Dominion' had a very broad and ridiculously enthusiastic audience."

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The film had a reported $185 million price tag not accounting for marketing and promotion costs. Audiences were 56% male and 54% over the age of 25, according to Universal.

Critics were not kind to the dino extravaganza, but audiences seemed to enjoy themselves, based on exit polls. Moviegoers gave it an A- CinemaScore and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

"You want to see dinosaurs on the big screen, it doesn’t matter what critics thought," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.

Contributing: Brian Truitt, USA TODAY; Lindsay Bahr, The Associated Press

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