Emma Watson, Bradley Cooper And More Stars Support Jennifer Lawrence’s Gender Pay Gap Letter
Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Banks, and even Bradley Cooper are supporting Jennifer Lawrence, who as Gossip Cop reported earlier on Tuesday, wrote a powerful essay about Hollywood’s gender pay gap titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?” In her piece, Lawrence noted she made significantly less money than Cooper and her other American Hustle co-stars Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, but didn’t demand her fair share for fear of being labeled “spoiled” for speaking up.
Lawrence noted in the article, published on Lena Dunham’s website Lenny Letter, “I didn’t get mad at Sony [the studio behind American Hustle]. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early,” afraid she would get a reputation for being a “brat.”
Now, a slew of stars are applauding Lawrence, who concluded in her piece that she’s less concerned these days about being “likable” than what’s fair and equitable. Watson, who gave an impassioned speech about gender equality at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January, as well as launched the HeForShe program, tweeted, “O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so.”
But she wasn’t the only actress who threw her support behind Lawrence. Banks also wrote on Twitter, “I love Jennifer Lawrence.” And Chastain urged, “Yessssssss! Get it girl.” Beth Behrs tweeted, “So true, J. Law. and so well said. Thank you,” adding the hashtag “#wagegap.” And Heather Matarazzo, expressed, “Loved getting to read Jennifer Lawrence’s lennyletter today. She is totally correct.”
And when Cooper himself was put on the spot about it by E! while promoting his new film Burnt, the actor expressed, “One thing I could say is that’s interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself.”
Tell Gossip Cop what you thought of Lawrence’s essay, and the support she’s received from other stars.