Jennifer Lawrence isn’t the only one with something to say about Hollywood’s gender wage gap. After speaking out about the issue in a new essay published on Oct. 13, the Oscar winner has received the support of her frequent co-star Bradley Cooper: She’s ‘making a difference.’
As it turns out, Jennifer Lawrence, 25, isn’t alone in her feelings towards Hollywood’s gender pay disparity. After speaking out about the controversial issue in an essay for her pal Lena Dunham’s new website, the Oscar-winning actress received some much-need support from none other than her frequent male co-star, Bradley Cooper, who commended her strong public stance.
While sitting down with E! News on Oct. 13, Bradley shared his thoughts about his former co-star’s headline-making op-ed titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars.” While he admitted that he had yet to read the article in its entirety, he was intrigued by Jen’s argument nonetheless. “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 the way that Sienna [Miller] did,” he told with E! News. “So that’s a great thing.”
In her op-ed piece, Jennifer spoke openly about her frustrations over the blatant gender wage disparity in Hollywood, using the salary details released during the 2014 Sony hack as a prime example. “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d—-, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” Jennifer wrote, alluding to her deal working on American Hustle. “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”
The Hunger Games star went on to reveal that she was afraid of what people would say about her if she argued about pay when she already makes so much money. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled,’” she explained. “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.’”
“There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect,” Bradley later explained in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken – something Sienna did, or Jennifer – that’s great … I think it is making a difference.”
In addition to Sienna Miller, who recently turned down a role in a play because she was being paid less than her male co-stars, Jen now joins a list of powerful women, including Patricia Arquette, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, who have been open about this issue. Hopefully, the higher-ups are taking notice — this is a serious issue and these women are not backing down!
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— Alyssa Montemurro