Jennifer Lawrence Writes Essay About Inequality: I'm Done Trying to Find the Adorable Way to Speak My Mind

Jennifer Lawrence Writes Essay About Inequality: I'm Done Trying to Find the Adorable Way to Speak My Mind

Jennifer Lawrence just wrote an essay about inequality in Hollywood for Lena Dunham‘s Lenny Letter.

Specifically, Jennifer talked about her pay inequality for American Hustle, which was revealed in the massive Sony hack.

“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,” the 25-year-old Oscar winning actress wrote. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ 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.’”

“Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking…Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men? I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F– that,” Jennifer added.

“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 continued.

Read Jennifer‘s full essay here.

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  • TC_94

    She is just amazing. When you think you couldn’t love her more, she always proves you wrong!

  • julain

    She wasnt that famous back then compared to other actors as Christian bale, Bradley copper…
    Now shes getting paid 8Millions more than christ pratt but hey no one will talk about that as inequality because he’s a man and is one of the main protagonist… #DoublesStantards.
    Shes was paid a less than the other actors even that

    Shes paid(as many other actors) too much for the shit they do, they’re not allowed to complain about that.

  • Cruizin1960

    All I hear is a lot of whining. When she booked this movie, she was still relatively unknown to the movie going audience. She was working with actors who had larger roles and more experience. Her role in the film mentioned was supporting…at best. Now, after the success of that movie, Silver Linings Playbook and the Hunger Games series, she actually does have a right to demand more pay. The reality is that male actors are generally a bigger box office draw than women and the pay scale in Hollywood reflects that. If you are in an ensemble cast in a film that generates big box office – perhaps you can demand a higher salary…but if you carry a big box office film, then you are in the money. Most female actors are unable to do that.

  • Baseliner

    another spoiled white girl complaining about inequality. #next

  • Kaitlyn

    I think it’s more about how overpaid “average” actors are than “equality”.

    Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep … These are actors that play a role in a way that nobody else could and they deserve their pay checks. But I’m trying to think of a role she’s played where “nobody else could possibly have been that character except Jennifer Lawrence”

    I get what she’s trying to say but (IMO) she’s an overrated actress who is wholly replaceable in every single role she’s taken. So for people like her to complain about pay checks seems short sighted because she can easily be replaced and forgotten.

  • Sassypants

    I agree completely, she is no better than many other actresses I really don’t get the hype over her. Apparently she thinks she is comparable to bigger named actors who have had a longer and more distinguished career than hers.

  • Batman0829

    Finally! I was so over her “one of the boys cool girl” bullshit!

  • http://www.irenabursova.cz/ irena.bursova

    What is your point? She can’t complain and point out inequality if she experiences some?

  • Batman0829

    She certainly wasn’t the one underpaid in American Hustle, Amy Adams was. However she is much more famous than Chris Pratt (as awesome he is) and she has an Oscar. They being paid the same money would have been ridiculous, she was right to ask for more. They all are disgustingly overpaid tho.

  • VanityInsecurity

    How many hit movies do you need to have to finally be looked at as an actor that needs to get paid properly? She has every right to challenge & to fight for her worth. She pulls in big numbers because she is truly loved. So yeah she’s worth it no matter how long she’s been acting. That is what is comes down to. your pull at the box office & Im glad she woke up.

  • Mike1288

    I agree but I think alot of people forget what equal pay is. You get equal pay for equal work and based off factors like experience in the field, degree,etc. However, in Hollywood I am sure they factor in popularity as you were saying. That being said Adams nor Cooper nor Lawerence haave the career Bale has had nor the longevitiy. He has been making movies since he was a kid. So I can understand how he can be the top billed star.

  • Mike1288

    I agree with you. She is making far more money than others in her age bracket which I understand because she won an oscar. However, when she is around as long as the people you mention then she can talk about not being paid he same as Bale. However, there is a lot of favtors to pay. Like tom cruise makes big budget blockbusters that can afford to pay tens of millions of dollars cause they produce hundreds of millions but Meryl makes the smaller budget movies and gets award recognition so her paycheck is obviously far less because of budget.

  • Mike1288

    Sorry but no. Its like any other job where experience and prestige is taken into account. Bale for example has been acting for decades, is a huge box office draw, and has awards. like anyother job experience comes into play and with decades over her why wouldnt he make more? If you compare her with the rest of her age bracket she makes subsatianlly more, which she should because your right in your points. I just do not think she should be making more than other box pffice draws who have been doing it for far longer. If we are basing it solely on popularity then she should make more than or equal too Meryl Streep which I would have a problem with as well.

  • Batman0829

    I’m definitely not questioning Bale getting more money than any of them. He’s one of the best actors of our time. When the article came out about how much they were all paid, everybody was like: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are offensive underpaid! No, to me it was more offensive that Amy got almost the same amount being the female lead, like Jlaw for her overrated cameo with the terrible accent.

  • tia maria

    I’m a firm believer that actors/actresses should be paid a salary that is equivalent to how big a role they have in the film which is the reason I think it’s ridiculous that she is being paid almost double what Chris Pratt is being paid for the Passengers when the film seems to centre around his role.

  • Broadzilla

    She’s not “adorable” to begin with. And she had tiny part in American Hustle, but thinks she should have gotten paid as much as everyone else.

  • Broadzilla

    Barf…Speak for yourself

  • Nerdville

    yess queen

  • Nerdville

    die

  • Nerdville

    read.. the.. article..

  • Nerdville

    So did Jeremy Renner and he got paid more. Amy was in the movie pretty much as much as Bradley and Christian and she got paid less.

  • Kaitlyn

    You have to wonder what it must be like to be a crew member reading these articles of “unfair pay”.

    - Extras stand out in the sun like cattle
    - Sets are built by extremely talented craftsmen
    - Sound/Lightning engineers work for decades to get noticed
    - Assistants are essentially servants to the “queen”
    - Directors have an entire movie on their backs while both ears are being pulled in different directions by the talent and the studios

    At the end of every film you see hundreds of names of hard working, incredibly talented and UNDERPAID human beings listed. But who’s complaining? The 23yr old who thinks her 20min of screen time is worth far more than $7M.

  • Kaitlyn

    Everyone has the right to complain. But what’s baffling about Jennifer Lawrence is that she actually expects sympathy from people.

    This is just a sign of our times (and the impact of social media on society). Celebrities view themselves above all others and “regular people” actually think that she’s making a good point. But in the end it’s just another millionaire complaining that they need another million to finally be happy with their life.

  • Kaitlyn

    Everyone has the right to complain. But what’s baffling about Jennifer Lawrence is that she actually expects sympathy from people.

    This is just a sign of our times (and the impact of social media on society). Celebrities view themselves above all others and “regular people” actually think that she’s making a good point. But in the end it’s just another millionaire complaining that they need another million to finally be happy with their life.

  • FerCat

    Treatment of Amy Adams was the real injustice.

  • Cruizin1960

    At the time she did the movie she was complaining about, she had not yet won her Oscar. When she was cast in the film, she had not yet achieved the popularity she now has. In addition, it is extremely rare for a female actor to achieve big box office in a leading role. There have actually been few women to achieve that. Pay is directly related to box office draw and women do not usually have that. Julia Roberts did. Sandra Bullock did. Meryl Streep did. What I find ridiculous is that from June 2014 – June 2015, Lawrence made $52M – she was the highest paid actress during this time period. During the same time period, the only actor who made more money than she did was Robert Downey, Jr. at $80M. Since we have no idea of the actual deals they had with each film, there is no way to know how much of box office each received to reach this amount. Personally, if I were her, I would shut the hell up about her salary…complaining about what she makes just makes her appear greedy and makes one NOT want to see her movies. These people, along with professional athletes are the most overpaid people on the planet.

  • Cruizin1960

    At the time she did the movie she was complaining about, she had not yet won her Oscar. When she was cast in the film, she had not yet achieved the popularity she now has. In addition, it is extremely rare for a female actor to achieve big box office in a leading role. There have actually been few women to achieve that. Pay is directly related to box office draw and women do not usually have that. Julia Roberts did. Sandra Bullock did. Meryl Streep did. What I find ridiculous is that from June 2014 – June 2015, Lawrence made $52M – she was the highest paid actress during this time period. During the same time period, the only actor who made more money than she did was Robert Downey, Jr. at $80M. Since we have no idea of the actual deals they had with each film, there is no way to know how much of box office each received to reach this amount. Personally, if I were her, I would shut the hell up about her salary…complaining about what she makes just makes her appear greedy and makes one NOT want to see her movies. These people, along with professional athletes are the most overpaid people on the planet.

  • Davis

    White feminists unite

  • Jamie

    I think ‘American Hustle’ started filming in March 2013, so I believe she had just won her Oscar. And, wasn’t she popular because of the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Hunger Games’ franchises?

  • Dee

    I’ll be the first to say there are things JLaw does that annoy the crap outta me, But this has definitely put her back in my good graces. And I cant believe how many of you are completely missing the excellent point shes trynna make, and that she is in NO WAY COMPLAINING. She right off the bat says there is nothing relatable for *US* to read there, but what was done to her was very unjust (shes also speaking on amy adams behalf here just so were clear), yes she was a supporting character but so was Jeremy Renner. Its not like he needed the millions (have we forgotten hes in the avengers??) And she also states that she doesnt *need* the extra millions, that its not about the millions, its about principles of equality. Whether you all like it or not, whether some of you think shes talented or not, this girl has paid her dues, oh and not to mention has an oscar somewhere in her house at only 25. She, just like any of her male counterpart actors, deserves her paid cut. And some of you really need to read the entire article before commenting….I mean seriously.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Mike, Bale movies have made 4 bill worldwide Lawrence is about 3.7 bill. She’s made less movies & almost as much as Bale. Point being she deserves her pay.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Overpaid? Have any idea what studios make from the box office worldwide? In the grand scheme of their business they get paid very little. And its them people go see not the studios.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Overpaid? Have any idea what studios make from the box office worldwide? In the grand scheme of their business they get paid very little. And its them people go see not the studios.

  • LaCroix

    typical… have anything else to bring to the table except her race?

  • AeeJay

    Do you have a masters degree in acting? In order for you to judge if she is overrated or not, you must first know the art of acting… her peers seem to think she’s all that.. and you are probably a housewife & have no clue to what real acting is.

  • girl93

    Isn’t she actually be paid more than Chris Pratt in the movie “Passengers”? Such an hipocryte.

  • beany

    You don’t have to have a masters degree to say if someone is good at acting or not. She’s good, but you have to admit that she hasn’t shown a wide range of characters yet. Her roles are pretty similiar. She has yet to prove if she is as good as they claim. It’s not an attack at Lawrence, she never said she’s a powerhouse of acting. And it’s known that the Oscars mostly don’t go to the best actors but the most popular ones and those who compaign. Do YOU have a master in acting?

  • FrenchGirl

    1/ she is right about no need to be nice in a money negotiations
    2/ the problem (for me) never was that she was less paid than the male co-stars but that Amy Adams ( lead character) was less paid than Jeremy Renner ( supporting character) in AH.

  • FrenchGirl

    Joy’s promotion is going to be interesting between Bradley Cooper and Lawrence .Cooper was executive producer on AH,David O Russell is AH’s director/producer and Joy’s director/producer

  • mandyz

    Your analyzation reminds me of a certain special snowflake in the music industry that wrote an op-ed just like Jen about wages… Little Miss Taylor Swift

  • mandyz

    Lol

  • mandyz

    I have to agree, she’s good, but even though she’s played a number of different characters, her range isn’t as big and versatile as what her fans fawn over if you see how she’s played each character. And no you don’t need a masters in acting to evaluate her range or any other actor for that matter. And my family has two Tony nominated actors, a very famous voiceover actress, and I’m also studying drama so I’m not a fucking idiot either to not know the difference between a one-off actor versus a truly versatile thespian. She ain’t a one-off but not a true thespian… yet. I’ll give her a couple more years of improving to see if she’s truly versatile.

  • mandyz

    Fact: Margot Robbie’s Jersey accent in TWOWS was much more authentic and consistent throughout the whole movie than Jen’s Jersey accent in AH that was going in and out of sync.

  • mandyz

    Do you think everyone that gets an Oscar deserves it? A lot of it also has to do with campaigning which was her strength in making everyone fall in love with her that year. I still question her performance in SLP, I didn’t find it Oscar worthy compared to the rest of the female nominees that yr and especially if you compare her performance to Bradley’s performance. Both were the leads in SLP but Bradley’s performance blew me away and was the only one that seemed to deserve the award out of the two of them. Plus Anne Hathaway getting Supporting Actress that year was the ultimate campaign train of “give me an Oscar because I cut all my hair off” charade. Sorry but that particular awards season was super weak. She may have nominations and awards on her resume but the real reason she’s getting the huge pay checks is cause of her popularity and personality which she I’m sure she’s very aware of.

  • mandyz

    Do you think everyone that gets an Oscar deserves it? A lot of it also has to do with campaigning which was her strength in making everyone fall in love with her that year. I still question her performance in SLP, I didn’t find it Oscar worthy compared to the rest of the female nominees that yr and especially if you compare her performance to Bradley’s performance. Both were the leads in SLP but Bradley’s performance blew me away and was the only one that seemed to deserve the award out of the two of them. Plus Anne Hathaway getting Supporting Actress that year was the ultimate campaign train of “give me an Oscar because I cut all my hair off” charade. Sorry but that particular awards season was super weak. She may have nominations and awards on her resume but the real reason she’s getting the huge pay checks is cause of her popularity and personality which she I’m sure she’s very aware of.

  • Ana

    While I get she puts it out there that it’s not relatable to us ‘common folk’, am I supposed to feel bad for her? She and so many other high profile actresses make millions of dollars per year. That right there makes me not care about her “problems”. Underneath that praising Lena Dunham, everyone’s favorite entitled, child molesting “feminist” as some kind of “genius” is preposterous. I don’t know if she’s shooting for deep or prolific, but it just comes off as attention baiting, self pity.

  • Ana

    While I get she puts it out there that it’s not relatable to us ‘common folk’, am I supposed to feel bad for her? She and so many other high profile actresses make millions of dollars per year. That right there makes me not care about her “problems”. Underneath that praising Lena Dunham, everyone’s favorite entitled, child molesting “feminist” as some kind of “genius” is preposterous. I don’t know if she’s shooting for deep or prolific, but it just comes off as attention baiting, self pity.

  • Jenny from the flop

    Yet she is complaining about complaining, lmfao

    Go back to count your freaking million dollars. Ungrateful actors. They have it all and it’s still not good enough for them

  • Omer

    Obviously, you didn’t get what she was trying to say. It’s not about her, it’s about the treatment women in the industry get in general. Even if you think she’s overrated, The things she’s saing need to be heard.

  • Cruizin1960

    Filming start is not important, it is when they did their deals. She won her Oscar late February. She is complaining about her back-end deal – her percentage of box office, which was less than Bales and Cooper. Cooper was a known box office entity and Bales has a very long and profitable career and has the ability to boost box office by having his name attached to a project. Lawrence at that time did not have that. Also, we do not know how much salary was sacrificed by Bales and Cooper in exchange for the percentage. And, if Lawrence wants better deals, she should have an attorney negotiate for her. But, with an income of $52 Million from June 2014-June 2015, she really needs to stfu. She was second in earnings ONLY to Downey, Jr. Sorry, but no one deserves to make that much money for so little work.