Jennifer Lawrence discussed gender pay equity in Hollywood in a new interview with Charlie Rose that aired Wednesday night on PBS.
A year ago the email dump that followed the massive hack on Sony Pictures revealed that Lawrence and Amy Adams were compensated less than their male co-stars in David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
Lawrence penned an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter months later tackling the gender pay equity issue.
“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 that sees women, including herself, imposing a “gender bias” on themselves and blamed herself for the discrepancies between her compensation and that of her male co-stars.
“I knew that there was no one to blame but myself,” she said. “I feel awkward negotiating, I feel uncomfortable asking for more money, I don’t want to seem like a brat. I don’t want to seem like all these things that are only words that are used for women.”
“I used to just keep my mouth shut about everything because my job depends on everyone going to see my movies, not just people who agree with my opinions. And people don’t really like opinionated actors or celebrities,” she continued. “But as I get older and I learn more and I have opinions.”
Lawrence said she felt a responsibility to speak up for women who “don’t have a voice.”
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