Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said in a press conference that Katniss Everdeen influenced her in taking a stand against the Hollywood pay gap between male and female actors.
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“I don’t see how I couldn’t be inspired by this character. I mean, I was so inspired by her when I read the books, it’s the reason I wanted to play her,” Lawrence said just before the world premiere of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in Germany.
Earlier this summer, J-Law made headlines after she wrote a letter for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, where she criticized the pay gap that is prevalent between male and female actors.
She wrote the letter after a Sony hack revealed that her American Hustle male co-stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner earned more than her and female co-star Amy Adams.
Lawrence emphasized in her letter that women in every industry deserve equal pay, and that this policy should be adhered to fairly.
Meanwhile, California already has the the California Equal Pay Act, which was signed in October. It prohibits women from being paid less than men for “substantially similar work.”
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“The inequalities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” said Gov. Jerry Brown about the equal pay law.
Aside from Lawrence, other actresses who have expressed their desire for women to receive equal pay include Burnt actress Sienna Miller and Patricia Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars in February.
“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Recently, Sandra Bullock has also been in the news after landing the starring role for a new version of Ocean’s Eleven, where she will replace the lead role that was supposedly made for George Clooney.