Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cooper backs Lawrence on Hollywood pay gap

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

Rachael Alexander

Actor Bradley Cooper has applauded his frequent co-star Jennifer Lawrence, inset, for speaking out about Hollywood's gender pay gap and said it was high time to start fixing the problem.

Cooper, speaking at an event promoting his latest film 'Burnt', said it was "fantastic" that Ms 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 was named as the world's highest-paid actress last year by Forbes, with an estimated $52m in earnings.

She unleashed a no-holds barred attack on the wage gap in an essay, entitled 'Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars'. In the past, Lawrence said she had worried about being labelled 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'.

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

Cooper, who Forbes said earned $41.5m 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.

"She worked every day on that movie and got paid nothing. It's really horrible actually, it's almost embarrassing," the A-list actor thundered.

Adams "should have been paid more than everybody" for her work on the film, Cooper added, saying he hoped Lawrence's essay would "allow people like Amy to speak up".

Irish Independent

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