One of Hollywood’s leading men and highest paid actors (#4 on Forbes’ list making an estimated $41.5 million in 2015), Cooper has pledged to personally work towards close the wage gap any way he can.
He and Lawrence co-starred in American Hustle, and last year’s Sony hack revealed that both she and Amy Adams earned relatively less than her male costars (including Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale).
Cooper commented, “[Adams] worked everyday on that movie and got paid nothing. It’s really horrible actually, it’s almost embarrassing.”
Adams “should have been paid more than everybody” for her work on the film, Cooper explained, adding that he hoped Lawrence’s essay would “allow people like Amy to also speak up.”
Inspired by Lawrence’s letter himself and driven to make change in the industry, Cooper then said he’s going to start pairing up with his respective female co-stars when it comes to salary negotiations before the films he’s interested in goes into production.
I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise but that’s something that I could do. Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.
Adams and Lawrence were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, for their roles in American Hustle at the 2013 Oscars, and Lawrence was Forbes’ highest paid actress last year, raking in $52 million. In her letter, Lawrence wrote in part:
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. 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).
“Would people listen if another woman said it?” he posed.