Jeremy Renner Says it’s ‘Not His Job’ to Help Female Co-Stars Negotiate Higher Pay
Jeremy Renner’s recent comment is ruffling some feathers.
A few days after Bradley Cooper said he stands strong by Jennifer Lawrence and her wage gap essay, and will help make sure his female co-stars can earn a fair wage, Jeremy is singing a bit of a different tune.
At last night’s One Life/Live Them Campaign launch, Renner responded to the media attention Lawrence has gained from her piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter that confronts issues facing women in Hollywood.
When asked if he’d stand by his female co-stars on the subject, Jeremy said, “That’s not my job. I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff,” he told Business Insider.
Although he does support women earning the same as their male counterparts, Jeremy isn’t about to get down and dirty in the negotiating department. “I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that. I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on,” he said.
True, lawyers, agents and managers are the type of people to do the actual negotiating on behalf of the actors. However, Cooper seemed a little more proactive on the subject. “Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people,” Cooper told Reuters. “But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”