Jennifer Lawrence has lambasted Hollywood’s gender pay disparity in a powerful essay where she has finally opened up about the hacked Sony emails that revealed she was paid less than her male co-stars.
In an essay published on today’s edition of Lenny, the newsletter from Lena Dunham and ‘Girls’ producer Jenni Konner, Lawrence discusses the difference in her pay from that of her ‘American Hustle’ male co-stars, which was leaked during the Sony hack.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d***s, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” writes Lawrence. “I got mad at myself.”
It came out that Lawrence and four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams were getting 7 percent of ‘American Hustle’'s backend profits, versus the 9 percent Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and director David O. Russell were getting.
“I failed as a negotiator,” she said. “I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’. At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’.”
Questioning what could have led to her poor negotiating skills, Lawrence said perhaps she did not want to come across as someone who is “difficult” or “spoiled.”
“At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both,” she said.
Jennifer Lawrence feels she is not the only one with the issue as women, perhaps out of habit, try to express themselves in a non-threatening manner, while men have no such issue.
“All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive. I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!”
Emma Watson, who has been vocal on equality issues in her role as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, tweeted simply: “O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so.”
“I love Jennifer Lawrence,” posted Elizabeth Banks. “Yessssssss! Get it girl,” wrote Jessica Chastain alongside an excerpt from Lawrence’s piece, “I am over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable.”
Actor Bradley Cooper applauded his frequent co-star Jennifer Lawrence and said it was high time to start fixing the problem. Cooper, speaking to Reuters at a promotional event for his latest film "Burnt," said it was "fantastic" that Lawrence had taken up the cause and that her popularity gave her a great "platform".
..... Devashree Goenka