Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was not happen when it was revealed she was being paid less than her male ‘American Hustle’ co-stars.
The pay gap was exposed during the Sony hacks last December, where it emerged that the Oscar-winning actress was being paid less than Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale.
Lawrence spoke with The Hollywood Reporter saying… “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d*cks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,’ she wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s feminist arts newsletter Lenny Letter. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”
“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 realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled”.’
Email exchanges between studio execs showed that Lawrence and her co-star Amy Adams both received Oscar nods for their performances received 7% shares of the film’s profits while the director and the three male leads received 9%.
The news sparked fury among many prominent actresses, including Charlize Theron, who then demanded that she be paid an equal amount to co-star Chris Hemsworth in her next film ‘Snow White And The Huntsman.’
In the essay, Lawrence continued with, “Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking… Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t “offend” or “scare” men?’
Concluding she says, “I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! F**k that.”
Earlier this year she proved to be a trailblazer in closing Hollywood’s gender pay gap as she signed a ‘watertight’ $20 million deal for her role in the upcoming film ‘Passengers.’