Jennifer Lawrence On Gender Pay Gap: “Why Do I Make Less Than Male Co‑Stars?”
Jennifer Lawrence wrote a candid essay on Tuesday about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, questioning why actresses are generally paid less than their male co-stars, and then labeled “spoiled” for speaking out against the inequality.
In a letter titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than Male Co‑Stars?” written for Lena Dunham’s website Lenny Letter, Lawrence opened up about the Sony hack in which leaked emails revealed her salary for American Hustle was significantly less than Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner’s. Lawrence wrote, “I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”
The actress explained, “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.'” However, after discovering the higher wages her male co-stars received, Lawrence said she realized, “Every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'”
Lawrence went on to write that she’s no longer worried about finding an “adorable” way to state her opinion in an effort to be “likable.” As for the American Hustle negotiations, she noted, “I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a ‘spoiled brat.’ For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.”
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