In an interview with British GQ, Prince William spoke candidly about the death of his mother, the late Princess Diana. August will mark 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris, and while the passage of time has helped ease his pain, he told the magazine that it has taken him a long time to get where he is:
“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better. It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her. It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”
Despite his place in one of the most revered and prestigious families in the world, the interview also reveals that William is, at his core, a person who misses his mother, and regrets that she’ll never get to meet his family.
“I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”
Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are a thing, and I approve of this union.
According to People’s sources:
“They were talking to one another nonstop … Small talk between them. Then they went for their car and he’s holding her hand like it was unconscious. Like it fits. They seem a totally natural and easy couple.”
I bet they have really strange, literary sex.
Remember that time Robin Wright announced that she’d pushed for a pay increase so that she’d make the same as her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey? And actually got it? It turns out now that only half those things are true.
In an interview with Rhapsody, the in-flight magazine of United (hmm), Wright revealed that she maybe didn’t quite get the equal pay she’d insisted upon:
I ask her about her now-famous demand for equal pay—whether she feels she’s had any part in turning the page for working women a full year later. “I’m not that person,” she says with a breezy irritability, shaking her head. “I don’t want to be a spokesperson. That was one of 20 questions they asked me, and it went viral.” Is she at least satisfied having shattered a personal glass ceiling? This triggers a wide pause in the conversation. A plane flying overhead slowly slices through the hanging stillness. “Yeah…” she says, “I don’t think I’m getting paid the same amount. They told me I was getting a raise. But … I don’t think so.”
The company that produces House of Cards ducked Wright’s request by insisting that “pay parity was never a possibility,” since Spacey was one of the show’s founding producers. Instead, they’ve tried to offset the difference by tossing her a string of prestige baubles, like an executive producer credit and more directing opportunities. Presumably those additional roles come with additional pay, though it’s unclear from the interview whether that’s the case.
But the occasional one-off bonus isn’t the same as matching Spacey’s reported $500,000 per episode—a full $80,000 more than Wright makes for her work.
“I really don’t like being duped,” she says. “Nobody does. It’s such a male-dominant workforce still. There’s a conditioning. And changing the condition of men is what needs to happen. A reeducation. A new way of thinking. A new philosophy. I think it needs to happen in all of these industries, when we’re doing the same thing that a man is doing, and we’re still getting paid less.”
The interview then pivots clunkily to discussion of Wright’s favorite travel destinations, because after all, this conversation is a downer and no one needs that and that asshole who won’t stop kicking your seat.