Josh Hutcherson Calls Jennifer Lawrence ‘Powerful’ and ‘Influential’ Following Wage Gap Essay

Jennifer Lawrence has another supporter.

Her Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson is behind her wage gap essay one hundred percent. The actor talked to The Huffington Post about Jennifer’s essay for Lenny and thinks her voice is being heard loud and clear.

“[Jennifer] is great. She’s the perfect person to speak on that. She’s very powerful, she’s very influential and she says what she thinks. And I think she makes a lot of great points.”

He also added that he thinks Amy Schumer and Jennifer’s new writing partnership is a very good thing. “They’re doing a project together now, and they both have that personality of being yourself and accepting it, and I think Jen’s in a great position to fight for something like equal pay.”

Josh went on to share his own thoughts on the issue of equal pay for women in Hollywood. “I think it’s insane what happens with women’s pay. To even say those words, feels so stupid. To have to say the words ‘women’s pay.’ Like, it just sounds ignorant,” he said.

Jennifer’s essay is gaining lots of traction, not only with Josh, but with her American Hustle director, David O. Russell. “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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Lawrence’s frequent co-star Bradley Cooper also says he stands behind her, and will help in making sure his female co-stars are paid fairly in any way he can.

In Jennifer’s influential essay on gender inequality and the pay gap in Hollywood, she said, “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. 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.”