Jennifer Lawrence on the movie pay gap: ‘I’m like, ‘You should’ve asked before you made the deal’

Jennifer Lawrence was set to share the limelight at last night’s Emmys with her blockbuster director pal, Tom Ford, when all of a sudden, JLaw found herself the center of a furor over equal pay: Megan Fox recently revealed to Elle magazine that she made considerably more money than her former “Transformers” co-star in the 2008 film, which went on to earn $1 billion worldwide.

Having come to an agreement with her reps on what she would earn, JLaw decided to speak out, reminding us that Hollywood’s pay inequities in the entertainment industry happen to be all too real. In her third Netflix documentary, “Jennifer Lawrence: Dive Into Her Mind,” the Oscar-winning actress fires back at allegations that she and her “Hunger Games” co-star, Josh Hutcherson, were paid less than their male counterparts on the movie, “Catching Fire,” the second installment in the franchise.

“I was pissed,” Lawrence says. “I think a lot of people were. ‘Catching Fire’ made $400 million at the box office and we made $2 million, which is insane. It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. ‘What are you talking about, though? We get paid the same amount for this movie.’ And I’m like, ‘No, we don’t,’ and it’s not about us. It’s about equality, period.”

“I remember when they made ‘Breaking Bad,’ which is one of my favorite shows, and Vince Gilligan was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’” she continues. “I can’t remember how long I was at it, but they are only going to say one of our names, so you want to make sure your name is going to be in there. …So then one day I was walking in the office, and they were like, ‘Where’s Jennifer?’ And I was like, ‘Where the fuck is Jennifer?’ And they were like, ‘Ugh, we’ve been paying you less than the other actors.’ And I was like, ‘That’s so bulls—!’ They were like, ‘We were like, “We’ll pay you as much as we can pay you.”’ And I was like, ‘You should’ve asked before you made the deal.’”

Despite the tumultuous time Lawrence’s salary was in the news and still in the news, she assured people that she feels incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue in Hollywood’s business. When fellow “Catching Fire” star Hutcherson addressed her during an interview with GQ magazine last year, declaring that he takes home seven figures per movie (which is quite different from what she made on the “Hunger Games” franchise), she asked him to “agree,” stating that she believes to live her dream, she must earn what she is worth.

Having reached a deal to her representatives, Lawrence made a big deal about how satisfied she was with the deal she ultimately made: “F–k a man.”

Read the full story at Hollywood Reporter.


Josh Hutcherson speaks out about ‘Catching Fire’ pay gap with Jennifer Lawrence

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