Jennifer Lawrence and co demand equal pay!
When Jennifer Lawrence gets a bee in her bonnet about something, you can bet that her powerful Hollywood chums are going to back her. The Hunger Games star has been pretty vocal recently about female actors getting paid less than their male counterparts, and now as predicted her mates have chimed in to help her fight for a better deal.
Jen Failed Herself the Most
Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Chastain are among the stars backing JLaw for addressing the Hollywood pay gap in a hard-hitting new article. Jen, 25, wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, titled Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? In the article, she blamed herself for failing to demand a fair wage for her work on acclaimed crime drama American Hustle. “I got mad at myself,” she wrote. “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’.”
No More Mr Nice Guy
Jennifer was paid significantly less than her male co-stars and the revelation only emerged during the Sony Pictures hacking scandal, when cyber-crooks leaked the studio’s private documents online. A number of stars have since publicly backed her for speaking out, including Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, who’s been campaigning for gender equality since launching the United Nations’ HeForShe drive last summer. “Oh Jennifer Lawrence I love you so,” she tweeted, before quoting Jennifer’s letter. “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion.”
Mark Ruffalo shared a link to a story about Jen’s note on his Twitter page, as did Jessica Chastain, who added, “Yes! Get it girl xx.” Krysten Ritter wrote: “This takes balls. Kudos to JLaw. She’s right. Jennifer Lawrence is done trying to be likable,” and Molly Ringwald added: “Bravo, Jennifer. So well expressed – articulate, funny and true. #JenniferLawrence.”
Sienna Sticks it to the Man
Lawrence’s America Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper was asked about the letter following its publication, and he told E! News that he had yet to read the piece, but supported the sentiment. Bradley also praised his Burnt co-star Sienna Miller for pulling out of a part in a play amid a dispute over her pay. Sienna explained of the situation: “I walked away from a play that I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us. I did what [women] have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams.” Brad supported both women by adding: “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 mind-set and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna did. So that’s a great thing.”