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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said she “failed as a negotiator” when leaked Sony emails revealed that she was paid less than her male “American Hustle” co-stars.
Lawrence said, in Lena Dunham’s weekly newsletter Lenny, she didn’t want to fight over the millions of dollars because of the payout from her two movie franchises and also because she didn’t want to appear “difficult” or “spoiled.”
“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 said. “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.'”
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likeable!” she added.
As difficult tidbits emerge from the leaked emails in the Sony hack, an email from then Sony’s co-chairman Amy Pascal revealed in December that a gender pay gap existed between the “Hustle” cast; Lawrence and fellow actress Amy Adams were paid seven percent of the film’s back-end profits, while Bradley Cooper and other male co-stars were paid nine percent, The Daily Beast reported.
While promoting for her upcoming film “Suffragette,” actress Meryl Streep told the BBC that she, too, was paid less than her male co-stars.
“We have to be made equal,” she said, adding that the top 10 film buyers in the U.S. are men.
“If the people that are choosing what goes out into the multiplex are all of one persuasion, the choice will be limited and that will be a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she said.
Joshua Barajas is a senior editor for the PBS NewsHour's Communities Initiative. He also the senior editor and manager of newsletters.
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