Jennifer Lawrence, the highest paid actress in Hollywood, knows her problems aren’t “relatable,” but she still decided to open up about her #FirstWorldProbz (male co-stars making way more money than she is) in the latest issue of Lena Dunham‘s newsletter, Lenny Letter.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” she wrote. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).”
She didn’t want to seem difficult” or “spoiled” by asking for more money. Jennifer states that at the time it seemed like a “fine idea.”
Since then Jennifer has taken action. The 25-year-old asked for $20 million for her upcoming sci-fi flick Passengers, also starring Chris Pratt— who is reportedly only being paid half as much as Jennifer. But were not mad! It’s about time women start getting paid what they deserve!
I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck 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.
Jennifer started a conversation about wage gap and now its up to us (regular women) to keep it going and actually make something happen.
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