David O. Russell Responds to Wage-Gap Equality Lenny Letter: ‘Jennifer Lawrence Is Finding Her Voice’

Looking for a silver lining.

American Hustle director David O. Russell offered his two cents on Jennifer Lawrence’s Lenny Letter essay, in which she criticized the entertainment industry for its unequal pay to female actors in comparison to their male counterparts.

“I always support all my actors and all their opinions, and I want them all to get what they need,” Russell told The Hollywood Reporter at a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 21. “I don’t really talk about the minutia of what goes on in my movies, but I believe the spirit of what Jennifer is saying is truthful to her heart. I support her and all women in that.”

Lawrence specifically addressed her deflated paycheck for American Hustle in Lena Dunham’s newsletter, whose face value was leaked during the 2014 Sony hack.

“I also respect that Jennifer is finding her voice, and I think it’s in service of something very important,” Russell continues, likening the actress to her character in his latest film, Joy

“Jennifer’s character … is about the same thing – maturity, learning what it is to have your own space and express your own voice, and to have power. And that’s what she’s learning.”

Lawrence’s American Hustle male co-stars have weighed in on her Lenny Letter address since its release. Jeremy Renner told Business Insider that salary negotiations are not his job.“I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff,” he said. “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.”

Bradley Cooper voiced his support, vowing to help future female co-stars in negotiating their salaries. “Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people,” he said. “But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”

Read more of Jennifer Lawrence’s Lenny Letter here.