Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said on Saturday that her recent critique of the gender pay gap in Hollywood raised as many questions about herself, and her willingness to be assertive, as it did about bias in the U.S. film industry.
“It was more of how did my mentality get in my own way of fighting just as hard as the men to get a better deal,” Lawrence said during a Los Angeles press conference for her latest film “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”
Lawrence unleashed a highly-publicized assault on male-female pay discrimination earlier this month in a open letter printed in Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter.
She said this in the past she worried about being labeled a spoiled brat when negotiating film deals, but she was now finished with trying to be “adorable” while becoming shortchanged. The actress added that her “American Hustle” male co stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner “all fought and succeeded in negotiating strong deals for themselves,” and were commended for this.
“I hoped to just write more about how my own fears of ‘how am I going to be portrayed,’ or ‘how am I going to look,’ or ‘how will people judge me,'” Lawrence said on Saturday. “That got in my way when obviously the men in the movie don’t think that way,” she said.
The actress added that one headline called her letter a “bratty show.” “Thank you for fully making my point when a lady goes and speaks up, and is assertive and contains a voice, she is going to be called a brat.
I simply do not see a man being called a brat,” she said. Lawrence, 25, was the world’s best-paid film celebrity last year with the estimated $52 million in income from endorsements and movies, according to Forbes. ”
Lawrence has been praised by her colleagues and fans alike for being open about an issue generally kept under wraps.
In response to her criticism, Cooper told Reuters he’d already started teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate wages. Lawrence is currently marketing the final episode of “The Hunger Games” franchise, out in theatres next month. ” Lawrence plays the young heroine Katniss Everdeen, who directs a rebellion against a tyrannical ruler of a dystopian society.