Hollywood is a well known movie industry that pays the actors and actresses so well. However, it has been noticed that in several instances, a male co-star is paid better than his female co-star in that very movie. Jennifer Lawrence recently attacked the lack of equal pay for the co-stars by paying female co-stars less, and her complaint hasn’t gone unsupported. Emma Watson and Bradley Cooper praised Lawrence for protesting the unfairness on the payment.
Lawrence’s fight against gender pay gap, where one gender (in this case a male) is paid more than another while both are co-stars has been received positively by both male and female co-stars. Cooper praised Lawrence in an interview with E! News, saying the actresses should stop settling for less payment when they should be paid more in a role. “If you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna did,” said Cooper, giving an example of Sienna Miller who turned down a role after realizing that she would be paid less than half her male co-star’s wage. “So that’s a great thing.” He added.
Cooper encouraged people to speak out whenever they fall victims of the discrimination or they see it happening to others. “There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken – something Sienna did, or Jennifer – that’s great … I think it is making a difference.” He told Entertainment Tonight. Watson also popped up praise to Lawrence for the protest. “O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so.” She tweeted.
Lawrence who raised the protest through an essay also fell a victim of the sexism behavior in the movie industry when she was paid less than her male counterparts in Oscar-nominated hit American Hustle. She knows what it feels like to go through such discrimination. At least her effort to bring pay equality in the movie industry has been noticed and is being appreciated.