"I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her," Jennifer Lawrence says of her Hunger Games character

By Jodi Guglielmi
November 03, 2015 06:20 PM
MediaPunch/REX Shutterstock

Jennifer Lawrence says playing a rebellious female character like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games inspired her to voice her opinion against the gender wage gap in the film industry.

“I don’t see how I couldn’t be inspired by this character. I mean I was so inspired by her when I read the books – it’s the reason I wanted to play her,” she told reporters at a Mockingjay – Part 2 press conference when asked if her character motivated her to speak out on the issue, according to Reuters.

She added, “So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her.”

Lawrence, 25, helped ignite a national conversation about gender pay inequality in Hollywood when she wrote an essay for Lena Dunham‘s Lenny newsletter, titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co Stars?”

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d—-, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” she wrote in reference to her salary for American Hustle. “I got mad at myself.”

Josh Hutcherson expressed his support for his Hunger Games costar not long after she penned the essay.

“I thought it was incredible,” he said. “I’m really proud of her, and happy.”

And her American Hustle costar Bradley Cooper also quickly came out in support of Lawrence, pledging to help his female costars negotiate fairer deals on future films.

Advertisement