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Bradley Cooper praises Jennifer Lawrence's gender pay gap open letter in which she reveals she was paid significantly less than him for American Hustle

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Published 14/10/2015 | 08:20

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the after party of a screening of
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the after party of a screening of "Serena" hosted by Magnolia Pictures And The Cinema Society With Dior Beauty

Actor Bradley Cooper appreciates a strong woman who is willing to stand up for herself.

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The 40-year-old spoke out after his American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence penned an open letter on Tuesday discussing the gender pay gap in Hollywood.

Jennifer received a significantly smaller pay cheque for the movie compared to her male co-stars Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Bradley.

The 25-year-old Oscar-wining actress wrote an open letter on Lena Dunham’s online newsletter Lenny titled ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co Stars?’

She revealed she discovered, in the Sony leaks, that she was paid 2% less of the profits than her male co-stars.

Cooper said he thinks it’s important for women like Jennifer to speak up on the issue, and fully supports their fight.

“I love strong women," he told ET Online. "That's a very attractive thing. There's a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there's a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken - something Sienna (Miller) did, or Jennifer - that's great. ... I think it is making a difference."

Bradley spoke at the premiere of his new movie Burnt which also stars British actress Sienna.

The pair had previously worked together on American Sniper and the 33-year-old recently revealed that she too had been a victim of pay inequality because of her sex.

In fact, the star was offered “less than half” of what her male co-star was to be paid to star in a Broadway production so she turned it down.

“I feel like (women) won't get those jobs unless they capitulate, and that's the truth," she added to the outlet. “I don't think it's diva-ish to expect if you're doing the same job as someone to be paid the same thing. ... I understand the different value of people commercially, but what it means if you do start to fight back is that you will not get that job. And if you love that job and you're passionate about it, that's a really hard thing to relinquish.

"But it's going to take sacrifice, it is," she continued. "It's not about the money, it's the principle."

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