Jennifer Lawrence revealed at a press conference for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay–Part 2 that it was none other than her fierce character Katniss Everdeen that inspired her to voice her opinion on gender pay inequality.
It was her character’s rebellious nature that made her open up on the issue. “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 at the press conference.
“So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her,” the Oscar-winning actress added.
The 25-year-old helped to stir up some real conversation on the issue and bring gender pay inequality to light when she wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter called, Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? In the essay she wrote, “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d—-, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.” Though she never mentioned the film by name, she was alluding to her work on American Hustle.
She added that she failed as a negotiator, PEOPLE reports. “But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight,” she wrote. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ ”
Since her essay came out, some of her co-stars have been very supportive. Her Hunger Games partner spoke of how happy he was for Lawrence. “I though it was incredible,” Josh Hutcherson said.
And Bradley Cooper, a star who has done several films with Lawrence, was quick to support Lawrence. He also promised to help his female co-stars negotiate better and fairer deals.
J-Law is killing it off screen. That’s for sure. But is anyone excited to see what she does on screen? Everyone should expect to see Lawrence as Katniss exude that rebelliousness she referenced to at the press conference, but I think we will see some vulnerability, leadership skills, bravery, love and relentlessness as well.
The Hunger Games franchise wraps up with Mocking Jay–Part 2 this month. The film hits theaters Nov. 20. Here is the latest trailer: