Jennifer Lawrence says Hollywood pay gap complaint was self-critical

Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:56pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said on Saturday that her recent critique of the gender pay gap in Hollywood raised as many questions about herself, and her willingness to be assertive, as it did about bias in the U.S. film industry.

"It was more of how did my mentality get in my own way of fighting just as hard as the men to get a better deal," Lawrence said during a Los Angeles press conference for her latest film "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

Lawrence unleashed a highly-publicized attack on male-female pay discrimination in Hollywood earlier this month in an open letter published in Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter.

She said that in the past she worried about being labeled a spoiled brat when negotiating movie deals, but she was now finished with trying to be "adorable" while getting shortchanged.

The actress added that her "American Hustle" male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner "all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves," and were praised for doing so.

"I hoped to just write more about how my own fears of 'how am I going to be portrayed,' or 'how am I going to look,' or 'how will people judge me,'" Lawrence said on Saturday.

"(That) got in my way when obviously the men in the movie don't think that way," she said.

The actress added that one headline called her letter a "bratty display."   Continued...

Actress from the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" Jennifer Lawrence waves after leaving her hand and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California October 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni