Less than a year after the release of 2013 film “American Hustle,” leaked emails from Sony Pictures revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid less for the movie than her male co-stars, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner.
This came after Lawrence became one of the youngest-ever Oscar winners for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony,” the actress wrote in Lenny Letter in October 2015. “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early…”
Lawrence admitted that part of the reason not to fight for better pay came from wanting to be liked.
“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled,'” she wrote. “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.’ … Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.”