In a new interview with Charlie Rose, Jennifer Lawrence opens up about her decision to speak out on gender pay equity in Hollywood—and whatever other controversial issues are on her mind.
One year ago this week, The Daily Beast discovered a surprising admission in the email dump that followed the massive hack on Sony Pictures: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were compensated less than their male co-stars in David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
Months later, after refusing to address any of the Sony revelations, Lawrencepenned an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter in which she tackled the gender pay equity issue head-on.
“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,” she wrote, explaining that in an effort to fit the culture’s expectations of a young ingenue being “adorable” and not speaking her mind, she “failed as a negotiator.”
“I spoke out because I knew what led to that,” Lawrence told Charlie Rose about the discrepancies between her compensation and that of her male co-stars in a new interview set to air Wednesday night on PBS. “I knew that there was no one to blame but myself.”
Absolving Sony of any culpability, Lawrence said that she sees women, including herself, imposing a “gender bias” on themselves. “I feel awkward negotiating, I feel uncomfortable asking for more money, I don’t want to seem like a brat,” she said. “I don’t want to seem like all these things that are only words that are used for women.”
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