Jennifer Lawrence Talks Sony Hack, Gender Pay Inequality: ‘I Got Mad At Myself’
As if we needed another reason to love Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-winning actress has penned a moving letter asking the age-old question, “Why do I make less than my male co-stars?”
The letter, published in Lena Dunham’s latest Lenny Letter, reveals JLaw’s thoughts on the Girls creator (“a genius”), why she didn’t do last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge (“it started to feel more like a ‘trend’ than a cause”), and how she felt when she found out with the rest of us via the Sony hack that her American Hustle male co-stars received bigger paychecks than she did.
“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,” she writes. “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).”
Don’t worry, JLaw, we don’t hate you.
Lawrence, 25, goes on to write that there “was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight.”
“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘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.’”
As The Hunger Games star reminds us, she is, of course, not “the only woman with this issue.”
“Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
To really get her point across, Lawrence says she’s over the whole “adorable” act when it comes to stating her opinion.
“F*ck that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.”
Read the full letter over at Lenny Letter.