Bradley Cooper applauds Lawrence's attack on Hollywood pay gap

Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:25pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Bradley Cooper applauded his frequent co-star Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday for speaking out about Hollywood's gender pay gap and said it was high time to start fixing the problem.

Cooper, speaking to Reuters at a promotional event for his latest film "Burnt," said it was "fantastic" that Lawrence had taken up the cause and that her popularity gave her a great "platform."

"Would people listen if another woman said it?," he asked.

Lawrence won an Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" and was named as the world's highest-paid actress last year by Forbes, with an estimated $52 million in earnings.

She unleashed a no-holds barred attack on the wage gap on Tuesday in an essay, entitled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars," for Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter.

In the past, Lawrence said she had worried about being labeled a spoiled brat when negotiating movie deals. But that changed after she discovered, through leaked Sony Pictures emails last year, that she had been paid millions less than any of her three male co-stars, including Cooper, for her role in 2013's "American Hustle."

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

Cooper, who Forbes said earned $41.5 million in the past year, said he had been shocked to discover what Amy Adams was paid for "American Hustle," which won her a best actress nomination.   Continued...

Bradley Cooper, best actor nominee for his role in "American Sniper," arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson