Jennifer Lawrence Wrote A Refreshingly Honest Essay On The Hollywood Gender Pay Gap
She discusses the "lucky people with dicks" in Lena Dunham's latest "Lenny" newsletter.
Jennifer Lawrence has written an essay about her experience with the gender pay gap in the Hollywood movie industry.
Earlier this year, leaked Sony emails revealed that the actress was paid significantly less than her male co-stars in American Hustle.
Lawrence has since made waves in the industry, however. In June it was revealed that she will be paid $8 million more than co-star Chris Pratt in their upcoming movie Passengers.
Pratt is earning $12 million, while Lawrence is set to make $20 million.
But Lawrence has now expressed her feelings about the equal pay situation in the latest edition of Lena Dunham's "Lenny" email newsletter.
And it's refreshingly honest, as well as typically humorous.
"I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off," she says. "It's hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren't exactly relatable.
"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony. 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. (I told you it wasn't relatable, don't hate me)."
In the past, the Hunger Games star says, she didn't stand her ground when it came to fighting for extra pay because she didn't want to come across as "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'," she wrote.
"This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I'm sure it's both."
And she concludes by explaining how women are viewed in the industry if they do decide to speak up:
"Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves.
"If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while 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."