Jennifer Lawrence slams sexist pay gaps in Hollywood

“I still don’t get paid as much as this guy,” Lawrence said of earning less than her male co-stars in films like Don’t Look Up and American Hustle.

A year later, Jennifer Lawrence is urging fans to look up her salary for the Oscar-nominated apocalypse film Don’t Look Up.

The Oscar winner previously clarified that she was “extremely happy and fortunate” with her paycheck for the Adam McKay film, which netted Lawrence the highest bill but a $5 million lower paycheck compared to co-star Leonardo DiCaprio brought in. Still, in a new Vogue cover story, Lawrence said such pay gaps remain frustrating overall, citing that she was paid less than her male co-stars for a role in 2013’s American Hustle, for which Lawrence received an Oscar.

“It doesn’t matter how much I make,” Lawrence said. “I still don’t get paid as much as this guy because of my vagina?”

Lawrence also addressed the sexism and misogyny of American politics involved in the recent overthrow of Roe v. Wade culminated.

The Winter’s Bone actress told Vanity Fair last year that Don’t Look Up co-star DiCaprio was “very gracious” that she got top billing as she was the first actress to do so read the script; McKay also said he wrote the role of an astronomy student for her.

“I think we had something called Laverne & Shirley, that’s this bill they made up where it’s an equal bill. But I think maybe I kicked the rock somewhere further, like, ‘What if it wasn’t the same?'” Lawrence said.

An annual Variety report on Hollywood acting salaries, released in August 2021, stated that DiCaprio made $30 million for “Don’t Look Up” and Lawrence received $25 million. As noted by Vanity Fair, Lawrence made 83 cents of DiCaprio’s dollar, which accurately reflects the reported 2020 gender pay gap in America.

“Yeah, I saw that too,” Lawrence said at the time. “See, Leo is making more box office than me. I am very happy and happy with my deal. But what I’ve seen in other situations – and I’m sure other women in the workforce have seen it too – is that asking for equal pay is extremely uncomfortable. And if you question something that seems unequal, you’ll be told it’s not gender inequality, but they can’t tell you exactly what it is.

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