The ‘Night School’ star designs tiny home for Booking.com, and how humble beginnings motivated him to champion for women like Tiffany Haddish
Staying humble is what drives Kevin Hart’s success.
The funnyman, actor and producer who raked in $57 million as one of the highest paid celebrities in 2018 according to Forbes, may live in a sprawling palace in Tarzana, California, but he’s downsizing in a big way for his latest project in New York City.
Hart, who stands at 5-foot-4, partnered with travel booking site Booking.com to build a 268-square-foot tiny home housed in Herald Square in the middle of Manhattan. The charming, baby blue abode features an outdoor seating area perfect for people watching in the park. Inside, it’s just the essentials: a standard bed, full bath, kitchen and living room and, of course, an Amazon Alexa. Guests can book Hart’s sweet sanctuary — fit for up to three people — Tuesday starting at noon EST. The price for one night is $54 — a riff on Hart’s height — and the first person who books the house will get to spend the night on Thursday.
“I spend a lot of my time traveling across the world for work and often get tired of staying in hotels day in and day out,” Hart said, of inspiration behind the tiny home.
While there may not be enough room for the actor to entertain, there’s an important place in his heart for friends, like “Night School” co-star Tiffany Haddish. The duo met before hitting it big in comedy. Hart once loaned Haddish $300 — all he had to give at the time — while they were working in sketch comedy together and he realized that she was living out of her car. Haddish was determined to pay Hart back, recently showering him with cash as a joke when he refused to take the money back. No stranger to working with inspiring and talented young women like Haddish, Hart says he’s fighting for pay parity in Hollywood through his company Hartbeat Productions.
“I want to make sure I’m doing my part to correct the problem,” Hart said. “It’s about making sure that you embrace the talent that you’re hiring — when women are involved like a Tiffany Haddish, making sure they’re being treated fairly. Hartbeat Productions is going to make sure we do our best to walk that line.”
That means he’s open to taking a paycut if it means paying a female co-star equally. When Moneyish asked if he’s ever had to take one, Hart said: “I haven’t had to do it, but if the situation came up where there was a problem for our project, and it was something that needed to be done, the leadership starts at the top. I would take from myself to give to someone else so we can have an amazing shoot and a happy workplace.”
Even when women in Hollywood land blockbuster roles, the gender pay gap is still an ongoing issue. Last year, Mark Wahlberg topped Forbes’ highest-paid actors list with $68 million, while Emma Stone made $26 million in comparison as the highest paid actress. So when people like comedian Katt Williams undermine a female’s success like he recently did to Haddish, claiming that she hadn’t earned her comedy stripes yet, it’s important for men to stand up for their hard working counterparts. Williams apologized to Haddish at the Emmys last week.
“Anybody’s success is earned, not given,” Hart said, of clapping back at Williams recently on an interview with The Breakfast Club. “When you look at women, of course who have had a tougher road they’re going down, you applaud them when they’re getting there and understand that they’re opening doors for others. I want to make sure I’m being supportive especially to a female like Tiffany because I know how much she’s worked.”
Hart, 39, has established himself as a major force to be reckoned with in showbiz. The Philadelphia native was named the sixth highest paid male comic in 2017, earning a whopping $32,500,000 according to Forbes. Now he’s using his platform and production company to bring others up with him.
“There was a point where people felt that the success people earned should be kept secret. Nobody wants to give information because they didn’t want the next person taking their spot,” Hart said. “There’s so much success that’s out there that can be achieved for everyone; there’s enough for everyone.”
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