Jennifer Lawrence has never shied away from speaking her mind, so when close friend Lena Dunham asked the actress to pen an op-ed for her new newsletter, Lenny, the Oscar-winning actress jumped at the chance. “I got excited to start thinking about what to complain about (that’s not what she pitched me, it’s just what I’m gonna do),” writes the Hunger Games star, who decided to tackle the revelation that she was paid far less than her male co-stars in American Hustle.
The pay gap on the David O. Russell-directed film was made public following the Sony hacking scandal in late 2014. “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,” writes Jennifer, adding, “but when the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky [male co-stars], I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.” She admits that she “failed as a negotiator” and even though she believed it was due to not wanting to fight for money she didn’t think she needed, she goes on to admit that “I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced by decision to close the deal without a real fight.”
In the captivating essay, the outspoken star also opens up about her struggle to be taken seriously and declares that she’s “over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way," to state her opinion and "still be likeable." “It’s an element of my personality that I’ve been working on for years,” admits the star, and given Jennifer’s tenacious attitude, we expect she will be standing her ground from now on.
The actress, who has recently been named the highest-paid actress in the world by Forbes magazine, was one of several Hollywood stars who was caught up in the Sony hacking scandal. Other actresses to be affected include Amy Adams, who also received a lower salary for American Hustle, and Angelina Jolie, who was the subject of a tense email exchange between Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and fellow Sony executive Scott Rudin.