Emma Watson Loved Jennifer Lawrence’s Essay on the Wage Gap

Everyone loves J.Law, including Emma Watson and her “work husband” Bradley Cooper. And for good reason.

Earlier this week, Jennifer Lawrence penned a brilliant essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter on the wage gap, gender inequality and how she’s over being “likeable.”

Last year’s Sony hack revealed that the Academy Award-winning actress was being compensated less than her male American Hustle co-stars Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale. In her essay, she rightfully asks, “Why do I make less than my male co‑stars?”

Watson, another brilliant champion for gender equality, took to Twitter to applaud Lawrence for voicing her thoughts on sexism in Hollywood.

Quoting Lawrence, she added:

Other stars like Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Heather Matarazzo and Jessica Chastain also expressed their support for Lawrence.

While promoting his new film Burnt, Cooper told E! news, “One thing I could say is that’s interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself.”

And Chastain, Banks, and Matarazzo tweeted:

Watson launched the HeforShe campaign with the UN last year and recently pointed out to The Guardian one way she’s personally experienced sexism in Hollywood. She said in part:

I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman…

J.Law’s full concluding statement read:

I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck 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. 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.


Lawrence has once again teamed up with Cooper and director David O. Russell, who directed them both in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, for Joy (Dec. 25, 2015).