It looks like Jennifer Lawrence is finally taking off the mask. For years now, people have felt like we weren’t getting all sides of the actress. She was holding something back, and she had something more meaningful to offer than the fart noises she made on Conan.
The 25-year-old actress combined that lovely humor with some brutal honesty in a powerful essay in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. The Sony leaks last year revealed Lawrence (and several other young actresses) were making significantly less than their male co-stars.
And Lawrence is ready to talk about it. She no longer cares if you find her adorable and likable. She’s ready for a change.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people [who were male], I didn’t get mad at Sony. 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.”
But then she explains that there was a little piece of her that was afraid to ask for more because she didn’t want to seem difficult to work with, which is something men in Hollywood almost never have to worry about being accused of.
“Based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
You can read more of the letter by clicking here. And you can check out all the celebrities tweeting out their support for J-Law below…