Jennifer Lawrence did not land the role of “Katniss Everdeen” on “Hunger Games” for being weak. Her outspoken and tough personality, however, is not all act. She really can speak her mind, especially when it comes to being paid fairly.
In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the 25-year-old “Hunger Games” star reiterated anew that every woman deserves to be treated fairly, and that includes getting equal rights in terms of pay. However, she revealed that her parents did not like her to be demanding because of the backlash she might receive. In fact, they were upset when she penned an essay about her feelings over the Hollywood wage gap. She reiterated that she could not care less about critics.
“I had no idea it was going to blow up like that,” she told Harpers Bazaar in a recent interview. “And I obviously only absorbed the negative. I didn’t pay any attention to the positive feedback. My parents get really upset. They do not like me speaking out about anything political because it’s hard to see your kid take criticism. But, really, people who criticized it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don’t really care what those people think.”
While her parents may not have approved her being outspoken, she shared that she never had regrets about fighting for what she believes in. Jennifer Lawrence continued by saying, “You know, I want my employers to be happy. I want to please anyone I’m working for as long as they pay me the appropriate amount. I’ll make them as happy as they want.”
It can be recalled that with her essay “Lenny” for Lena Dunham last year, different opinions, both positive and negatives, were raised by people on her revelation that Hollywood has a significant wage gap issue. In her essay, she wrote that she was mad at herself for not speaking up earlier. She said the money is hardly the issue.
“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need,” she wrote on Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter.
She also wrote that she let her fears of being branded “difficult” or “spoiled” took over, which she regretted. “At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled,’” she wrote.
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