Last week, Academy Award-wining actress and Haute 100 lister Jennifer Lawrence wrote a pivotal piece on the gender gap in Tinseltown. In the piece, which was published on Lena Durham’s newsletter Lenny, Lawrence shares her personal experiences in Hollywood.
She writes, “But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.” This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both. But this is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking — my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
Since the essay has been published, Reuters caught up with Lawrence’s former co-star Bradley Cooper to get his thoughts on the piece. Cooper who is currently promoting his forthcoming film Burnt, which is slated to hit theatres this week, applauded his former co-star for speaking up. Cooper has also started “teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate salaries” before films go into production, Reuters reported.
“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that,” he said.
Find out more about Cooper’s new movie Burnt here.
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