Jennifer Lawrence Shares Frustration Over Being Paid Millions Less Than Leonardo DiCaprio For Don’t Look Up

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about her frustration with being paid much less than her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio more than a year after the Netflix premiere of Don’t Look Up.

And this isn’t the first time that Lawrence has been subject to pretty big pay gaps compared to her male co-stars.

Now, everyone knows Jennifer Lawrence for her versatility when it comes to acting. We’ve seen her cracking Hollywood in full swing with the much-loved Hunger Games franchise or perhaps the movie Silver Linings Playbook back in 2012, which garnered quite a response from the box office.

And the actress has been quite vocal about her roles in the past, more specifically, the gender pay gap between men and women and how Hollywood unfairly characterises them. 

Lawrence came under fire last year after making a bold claim that she was the first female actress to have a leading role in an action movie.

It all began when Lawrence and Viola Davis took part in an interview with Variety’s Actors On Actors.

During the interview, Lawrence talked about how movie roles between men and women differ unfairly in Hollywood before adding the controversial claim that sent users online into a frenzy.

In the interview, Lawrence said: “Nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie,” referencing her role in the Hunger Games trilogy.

She continued: “We were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.

“It just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. 

“To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

Most recently, Lawrence has spoken out about the pay gap from her film Don’t Look Up.

She brought to light that her male co-star Leonardo DiCaprio was paid a whopping $5 million more than her, even though Lawrence was the top-billed actor.

When speaking about the issue in an interview with Vogue for the October 2022 issue, Lawrence said that she found the pay gap “bothersome.”

“It doesn’t matter how much I do. I’m still not going to get paid as much as that guy, because of my va***a?” she continued.

And this isn’t the first time this has happened to her.

Back in 2014, Sony Pictures computers were hacked into and it was revealed that Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper were paid more than her and Amy Adams for the film American Hustle.

Clearly, the gender pay gap continues to be a problem in Hollywood, and dozens have shared their thoughts on it online, but it doesn’t look like she’s getting any sympathy: “People having trouble paying rent and getting food if they even have a job that pays decently and she’s complaining about millions! Give me a break!” one disgruntled Facebook user wrote. 

While another commented: “We live in a world where the pay gap between poverty and the ultra-rich is at an all-time high. If any of these people expect sympathy from the commoners, they have another thing coming. Enjoy your ivory tower, we’ll have none of your complaints.”

“He’s 20 or so her senior and his name is a hallmark, just the fact he’s in the movie is already making it a very hot deal. She’s a great actress, she can definitely rise to his level of fame – it just takes time. I don’t think gender has anything to do with it in this particular case,” a third added.

What do you think about it all?

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