Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about the gender pay gap in Hollywood and said that she will always make less money than her male co-stars.
And obviously, this confession has caused frustration for all the feminists out there…
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Everyone knows Jennifer Lawrence for her versatility when it comes to acting.
We’ve seen her cracking Hollywood in full swing with the much-loved Hunger Games franchise or perhaps the movie Silver Linings Playbook back in 2012, which garnered quite the response from the box office.
But the actress has kept her personal life away from the limelight…
Lawrence has opened up about becoming a mother and the role of women in society.
But that’s not all, the stunning actress revealed the not-so-pretty hurdles she overcame and explained the changing landscape of women’s rights.
But that’s not all, the actress reflected deeply about the Hollywood pay gap as well…
Striking the chord as she revealed it won’t ever be the same as her male contemporaries.
Recently, Lawrence even spoke about her concerns about being a mother in the public eye with Vanity Fair.
She explained that she’s setting boundaries when it comes to her baby, and is hoping to protect their privacy as much as possible.
However, she has also previously admitted: “If I was at a dinner party and somebody was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re expecting a baby,’ I wouldn’t be like, ‘God, I can’t talk about that. Get away from me, you psycho!'”
At the same time, she revealed that “every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy for the rest of their lives, as much as I can,” Lawrence told the publication.
“I don’t want anyone to feel welcome into their existence. And I feel like that just starts with not including them in this part of my work.”
While she’s “grateful and excited” to start the next chapter in her life, she has also revealed she’s understandably “nervous” about the new challenges that await her.
“I’m so nervous,” she said. “I haven’t spoken to the world in forever. And to come back now, when I have all of these new accessories added to my life that I obviously want to protect… I’m nervous for you. I’m nervous for me. I’m nervous for the readers!”
Since announcing her pregnancy with her husband Cooke Maroney in September last year, she has avoided sharing anything else about the pregnancy as much as possible, and only briefly announced the birth of their baby a month after they were born.
However, the Oscar winner has been pretty vocal about her relationship with Cooke, and how she loves doing the little things with him. “I really enjoy going to the grocery store with him,” she told the outlet.
“I don’t know why but it fills me with a lot of joy. I think maybe because it’s almost a metaphor for marriage. ‘Okay, we’ve got this list. These are the things we need. Let’s work together and get this done.’
“And I always get one of the cooking magazines, like 15 Minute Healthy Meals, and he always gives me a look like, ‘You’re not going to use that. When are you going to make that?’ And I say, ‘Yes, I am. Tuesday!’ And he’s always right, and I never do.”
Now, the actress has opened up a little bit more…
Speaking to Vogue for their October 2022 issue, Lawrence reflected on her pregnancy.
She admitted that throughout her pregnancy she found herself considering the changing landscape of women’s rights.
Adding that the recent US Supreme Court overruling Roe Vs Wade resurfaced painful memories for her.
The actress further explained she found it difficult to fathom that young people were being offered limited options, thus forcing them into unwanted pregnancies.
“I remember a million times thinking about it while I was pregnant,” she told the media outlet.
“Thinking about the things that were happening to my body. And I had a great pregnancy. I had a very fortunate pregnancy,” Lawrence added.
“But every single second of my life was different. And it would occur to me sometimes: What if I was forced to do this?” she continued.
Lawrence also confessed her concerns about raising a son in the US, speaking out on gun violence in schools.
“I’m raising a little boy who is going to go to school one day. Guns are the number-one cause of death for children in the United States. And people are still voting for politicians who receive money from the NRA,” she said.
“It blows my mind. I mean if Sandy Hook didn’t change anything? We as a nation just went, Okay! We are allowing our children to lay down their lives for our right to a second amendment that was written over 200 years ago,” the actress added.
But that’s not all, Lawrence also recalled some painful memories as a young girl…
She told Vogue that she had her first miscarriage in her early 20s.
And had “one hundred percent” intended to get an abortion before something else happened…
“I had a miscarriage alone in Montreal,” she confessed.
The award-winning actress suffered another loss a couple of years ago while shooting Don’t Look Up in late 2020/early 2021.
Lawrence revealed it was at this point in her life that she was married and she very much wanted to have a child but sadly she had another miscarriage. But this time round she had a D&C, which is the surgical procedure by which tissue is removed from the uterus.
And after absolutely killing it with her performance in the Oscar-nominated apocalypse film Don’t Look Up, the actress seemed to tease her fans by asking them not to look at her paycheck.
Yes, she actually said it, but not exactly what you’re thinking…
While Lawrence conveyed her opinions on abortion and American law, the Oscar awardee also shed light on her salary deal for the Adam McKay movie too.
According to reports, Lawrence received a $5 million-less paycheck compared to her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Lawrence told Vogue that such pay gaps still remain frustrating…
And as per reports, the actress was paid less than her male co-stars on American Hustle back in 2013, where she earned an Oscar nod for her role.
“It doesn’t matter how much I do,” Lawrence said.
“I’m still not going to get paid as much as that guy, because of my v*gina?” she added.
She even questioned the equal pay bill and said what if it wasn’t as equal as it sounds…
“I think we had something called a Laverne & Shirley, which is this billing they invented where it’s an equal billing. But I guess maybe somewhere down the line, I kicked the stone further, like, ‘What if it wasn’t equal?’” Lawrence said.
And that’s not all…
According to an annual report on acting salaries in Hollywood published last year, DiCaprio earned $30 million for Don’t Look Up.
Whereas Lawrence was paid $25 million. The actress even spoke about that at the time and called it “extremely uncomfortable” to talk about salaries in the open.
“Yeah, I saw that too,” Lawrence said at the time.
“Look, Leo brings in more box office than I do. I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal. But in other situations, what I have seen — and I’m sure other women in the workforce have seen as well — is that it’s extremely uncomfortable to inquire about equal pay. And if you do question something that appears unequal, you’re told it’s not gender disparity but they can’t tell you what exactly it is,” she added.
What do you think?