Jennifer Lawrence Slams Gender Wage Gap in Candid Essay: 'I'm Over Trying to Find the "Adorable" Way to State My Opinion'
"I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled,' " Jennifer Lawrence wrote of her American Hustle salary negotiations
Jennifer Lawrence is giving folks a piece of her mind.
In an essay titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co Stars?”, Lawrence writes: “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,” the 25-year-old actress writes, alluding to her deal working on American Hustle. “I got mad at myself.”
Lawrence adds that she “failed as a negotiator” because she “gave up early.”
“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,” she writes. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ ”
[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]Lawrence goes on to describe her self-proclaimed failure to negotiate as a “young-person thing” and an element of her personality she’s “been working against for years.”
“Based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way?” she writes, noting that women have only been able to vote for about a century. “Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
She then recalls a time when she gave her opinion “in a clear and no-b——- way” to a man she was working with – “actually, he was working for me,” she clarifies – and received criticism.
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!” the Silver Linings Playbook actress writes. “F— that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.”
[IMAGE “2” “” “std” ]Of her American Hustle costars, she writes: “Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.”
Although Lawrence admits that she “failed” to negotiate the deal (she notes that she did not particularly need the “millions of dollars”), she says she pondered whether male actors experienced the same thing.
“This might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a ‘spoiled brat,’ ” she writes.
“For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.”