Rant was self-critical: Lawrence

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (centre) with co-stars Josh Hutcherson (far left) and Liam Hemsworth (left) attending the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hand and foot print ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in California last Saturday.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence (centre) with co-stars Josh Hutcherson (left) and Liam Hemsworth (right) attending the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hand and foot print ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in California last Saturday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said last 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 United States film industry.

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

Lawrence unleashed a highly publicised 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 labelled a spoilt brat when negotiating movie deals, but she was now finished with trying to be "adorable" while getting short-changed.

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 I am going to be portrayed' or 'how I am going to look' or 'how people will judge me'," Lawrence said.

"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".

"Thank you for completely making my point that if a woman goes and speaks up and is assertive and has a voice, she's going to be called a brat. I just don't see a man being called a brat," she said.

Lawrence, 25, was the world's highest-paid film actress last year with an estimated US$52 million (S$72.8 million) in earnings from movies and endorsements, according to Forbes.

She has been praised by her colleagues and fans alike for being open about an issue usually kept under wraps.

In response to her complaint, Cooper said he had already begun teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate salaries.

Lawrence is promoting the final instalment of The Hunger Games franchise, out in theatres next month.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2015, with the headline 'Rant was self-critical: Lawrence'. Print Edition | Subscribe