Oct 15, 2015

    Lawrence sheds charm for equal pay rights


    OSCAR-WINNING actress Jennifer Lawrence says she has had it with trying to be "adorable" when it comes to sexism in Hollywood and equal pay for women.

    In a no-holds-barred attack on the Hollywood wage gap on Tuesday, the Hunger Games star said that in the past, she worried about being labelled a spoiled brat when negotiating movie deals. But men do not have that problem, she said in an essay for the Lenny newsletter produced by Girls writer and director Lena Dunham.

    Lawrence, 25, who according to Forbes was the world's highest-paid film actress last year with an estimated US$52 million (S$72.1 million) in earnings from movies and endorsements, found out through leaked Sony Pictures e-mail last year that she had been paid millions less than any of her three male co-stars in the 2013 movie American Hustle.

    "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. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early," Lawrence wrote.

    Lawrence, who won an Academy Award in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, said she did not want to come across at the time as difficult or spoiled "until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled' ".

    Lawrence was nowhere near the estimated US$80 million pay day for Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr, according to Forbes.