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Josh Hutcherson thinks Hollywood gender pay gap is ‘shocking,’ applauds Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out

We all know Jennifer Lawrence recently spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood in a candid essay titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? And Lawrence’s Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson is totally in her corner.

“I thought it was incredible,” Hutcherson told MTV News. “I’m really proud of her, and happy.”

Lawrence, 25, said in reference to her deal working on American Hustle that “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.” Instead she was angry at “herself.”

Hutcherson, 23, admitted to MTV that despite her tough image, “she’s always been a little gun-shy,” PEOPLE reports. “She’s always said what she thinks, but as far as tackling issues, she’s never really stepped up to do that,” he said. “It’s nice to see her now taking that step, being progressive, and using her voice not just to make people laugh.”

Hutcherson was quick to agree Lawrence’s take on the gender pay gap in Hollywood, calling it “embarrassing.”

“To even have to say the words ‘women’s pay’ sounds so backwards and f—ed up and not modern in any way, shape or form,” he said. “And so for Jen to use her platform to speak about it in her classic Jen way, just blunt, saying what she thinks, I think it’s great.” He added that it is “something that should have happened decades and decades and decades ago, and the fact that it’s something we’re still dealing with now is f—ing embarrassing and shocking,”

Hutcherson is one of several actors, including other co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, to respond positively to Lawrence’s concerns. But when Liam Hemsworth was asked about Lawrence’s essay on Australia’s The Project, he was completely unaware; he was so oblivious that the hosts couldn’t control their laughter.

Who’s the better co-star now? Well, let’s not go there.

We love them all, and we are really going to miss the stars of the Hunger Games. 

Millions of fans around the world are trying not to a shed a tear thinking of the franchise coming to an end in November. We just can’t imagine not seeing the three stars–Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson–together, right?

According to Hutcherson, that’s not going to happen. He promises the nothing will change between them.

“Since we finished filming, we’ve all still maintained the same friendships. It’s nice to know we don’t have to be on the set to hang out. It’s good,” he told E! News on Thursday at Ron Howard’s Project Imagination premiere for The Rusted. “People think it’s really sad, but it’s not really sad because we all still hang out. It’s not like we’re losing these friendships and that’s the end of it!”

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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