Jennifer Lawrence says Hollywood pay gap complaint was self-critical

Jennifer Lawrence says Hollywood pay gap complaint was self-critical

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said on Saturday that her recent critique of the gender pay gap in Hollywood raised as many questions approximately herself, & her willingness to be assertive, as it did approximately bias in the U.S. film industry.

"It was more of how did my mentality obtain in my own way of fighting just as complex as the men to obtain a better deal," Lawrence said during a Los Angeles press conference for her latest film "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2."

Lawrence unleashed a highly-publicized attack on male-female pay discrimination in Hollywood earlier this month in an open letter published in Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter.

She said that in the past she worried approximately being labeled a spoiled brat when negotiating movie deals, yet she was now finished with trying to be "adorable" while getting shortchanged.

The actress added that her "American Hustle" male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale & Jeremy Renner "all fought & succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves," & were praised for doing so.

"I hoped to just write more approximately how my own fears of 'how am I going to be portrayed,' or 'how am I going to look,' or 'how will people judge me,'" Lawrence said on Saturday.

"(That) received in my way when obviously the men in the movie don't think that way," she said.

The actress added that one headline called her letter a "bratty display."

"Thank you for completely making my point that if a woman goes & speaks up, & is assertive & has a voice, she's going to be called a brat. I just don't see a man being called a brat," she said.

Lawrence, 25, was the world's highest-paid film actress last year with an estimated $52 million in earnings from movies & endorsements, according to Forbes. She has been praised by her colleagues & fans alike for being open approximately an issue usually kept under wraps.

In response to her complaint, Cooper told Reuters he had already begun teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate salaries.

Lawrence is currently promoting the final installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise, out in theaters next month. She plays the young heroine Katniss Everdeen, who leads a rebellion against a tyrannical ruler of a dystopian society.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy)

Source: “Reuters”