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Jennifer Lawrence blames herself for earning less than the men in American Hustle

  • Sony hacks revealed the gender pay gap between stars of American Hustle
  • Jennifer Lawrence was furious to be paid less than 'lucky people with d*cks'
  • Actress was paid 7% share of film profits compared to 9% for male co-stars 
  • She said she blamed herself as a negotiator because she gave up too easily
  • Lawrence felt conditioned not to be 'difficult' - a tag which didn't affect men
  • Leaks sparked anger from other famous actresses including Charlize Theron
  • She joins growing list speaking out about widespread sexism in the industry
  • Federal investigation now underway into gender discrimination in Hollywood

By Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com

Published: 08:54 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 04:30 EST, 14 October 2015

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Jennifer Lawrence has revealed her fury after discovering she was paid less than the 'lucky people with d**ks' in American Hustle.

The gender pay gap was exposed during the Sony hacks last December, where it emerged that Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale were all being paid more than their Oscar-winning female co-star.

Now Lawrence - the world's highest paid actress - has hit back at the pay difference and the struggles of being a woman in Hollywood in a scathing new essay.

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed her fury after discovering she was paid less than the 'lucky people with d**ks' in American Hustle

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed her fury after discovering she was paid less than the 'lucky people with d**ks' in American Hustle

Not even: Amy Adams (left) and Jennifer Lawrence (pictured on poster) were paid much less than their male co-stars in American Hustle
Not even: Amy Adams (left) and Jennifer Lawrence (pictured on poster) were paid much less than their male co-stars in American Hustle

Not even: Amy Adams (left) and Jennifer Lawrence (pictured on poster) were paid much less than their male co-stars in American Hustle

Lawrence blames herself for not fighting harder for better pay but admits that, as a woman, she felt under pressure not to labelled 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'

'When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d*cks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,' she wrote for Lena Dunham's feminist arts newsletter Lenny Letter.  

'I don't think I've ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. 

'Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.' 

But she warns that she is not going to let gender stereotypes hold her back in the future. 

'I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F**k that,' she added. 

See more of the latest Jennifer Lawrence news, pictures and video updates 

The gender pay gap between the stars of American Hustle was exposed during the Sony hacks last December

The gender pay gap between the stars of American Hustle was exposed during the Sony hacks last December

Hacked Sony email exchanges between studio execs showed that Lawrence and her female co-star Amy Adams - both of whom received Oscar nods for their performances - received seven per cent shares of the film's profits.

Yet the director and the three male leads received nine per cent despite the fact that Lawrence had come to the film straight off the back of her leading role in the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise.  

'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 added . 

'Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We've only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I'm seriously asking… Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn't 'offend' or 'scare' men?'

THE WORLD'S BEST PAID ACTRESSES IN 2015 VS THE BEST PAID ACTORS

 THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PAID ACTRESSES

 1. Jennifer Lawrence               $52million

 2. Scarlett Johansson              $35.5million

 3. Melissa McCarthy                 $23million

 4. Bingbing Fan                        $21million

 5. Jennifer Aniston                   $16.5million

 THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PAID ACTORS

 1. Robert Downey Jr       $80million 

 2. Jackie Chan                 $50milion

 3. Van Diesel                   $47million

 4. Bradley Cooper           $41.5million

 5. Adam Sandler             $41millio

'Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn't completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a 'spoiled brat,' she adds, referring to producer Scott Rudin's now infamous comments about Angelina Jolie which were leaked in the Sony scandal. 

'For some reason, I just can't picture someone saying that about a man.'

News of the gender pay gap on American Hustle sparked fury among many prominent actresses including Charlize Theron.

'They're just as good as any of the guys on there,' she said of Lawrence and Adams after the hacked emails were leaked. 'Yeah, that pissed me off!' she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Theron went onto make headlines earlier this year after she demanded that she was paid an equal amount to co-star Chris Hemsworth in their next film Snow White And The Huntsman. 

U.S. federal agents now launched an investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood that could radically shake up the male-dominated film industry. 

The Sony hacks revealed that Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner were all being paid more than their female co-stars
The Sony hacks revealed that Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner were all being paid more than their female co-stars

The Sony hacks revealed that Bradley Cooper (left), Christian Bale (right), and Jeremy Renner were all being paid more than their female co-stars

Hacked Sony email exchanges between studio execs showed that Lawrence and her female co-star Amy Adams - both of whom received Oscar nods for their performances - received seven per cent shares of the film's profits. Yet the director and the three male leads received nine per cent

Hacked Sony email exchanges between studio execs showed that Lawrence and her female co-star Amy Adams - both of whom received Oscar nods for their performances - received seven per cent shares of the film's profits. Yet the director and the three male leads received nine per cent

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sent 50 letters to female directors to ask them if they have experienced bias. 

It acted after several female directors urged civil liberties campaigners the ACLU to take up their cause.

In May the ACLU filed a complaint with the EEOC and urged it to look into the 'systemic failure to hire women directors' in Hollywood.

The agency is tasked with enforcing laws including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin or religion.

Director Lori Precious, one of the women who has been contacted, said: 'I hope they force people to change the way they do business because Hollywood is not exempt from the law.'

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the forthcoming romantic comedy Miss You Already, which stars Drew Barrymore, added: 'I'm so glad we're finally attacking this.'

If the Commission finds that gender discrimination is widespread within the sector, it could lead to a class action lawsuit by women against major Hollywood studios. 

Yet the problem of a gender-based pay divide continues.

Only last week, Gwyneth Paltrow branded the gap between women and men in Hollywood 'painful' saying 'it's s****y' to earn less than Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr.

She told Variety : 'Your salary is a way to quantify what you're worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels s****y.'

Citing her Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr as a case in point she said: 'Look, nobody is worth the money that Robert Downey Jr. is worth.

Charlize Theron (pictured) has also revealed her own battle with studio executives
She fought to get the same pay as Chris Hemsworth (pictured) in Show White And The Huntsman

Charlize Theron (left) has also revealed her own battle with studio executives on Snow White And The Huntsman to get paid the same £6.6million given to co-star Chris Hemsworth (right)

'But if I told you the disparity, you would probably be surprised.'

Gwyneth was named the 12th highest paid female star by Forbes this year, bringing in a respectable $9 million. 

However that sum pales into insignificance next to Robert, named the highest paid actor in the world. He pulled himself a paycheck of around $80 million.

Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette and Emily Blunt are just a few of the Hollywood heavyweights who have spoken out against sexism within the industry in acceptance speeches this year.

British actress Emama Watson has also launched a United Nations campaign for gender equality. 

But stars warned that the sexist attitudes towards pay were entrenches in Hollywood. 

Former Glee star Dianna Agron warned the situation was getting worse, earlier this year.

'Women are not paid anywhere near the same (as men) at all, and it's only getting worse. And just to be heard - so many times you see it with a female director, there's sometimes resistance from the male crew.'

'It's not just for actors, it's for hair and make-up and stylists and everything. Nobody wants to pay anybody any more.'

While Amanda Seyfried says she's no stranger to Hollywood's much-discussed gender pay gap after she found out she was being paid just 10 per cent of what her male co-star was getting despite them being at an even status.

News of the gender pay gap on American Hustle sparked fury among many prominent actresses including Charlize Theron who went onto negotiate equal pay with Chris Hemsworth in their next film, while star Amanda Seyfried admitted she too had struggled as a woman in Hollywood
Actress Amanda Seyfried admitted she too had struggled as a woman in Hollywood while British star Emma Watson has also launched a United Nations campaign for gender equality

Actress Amanda Seyfried (left) admitted she too had struggled as a woman in Hollywood while British star Emma Watson has also launched a United Nations campaign for gender equality (right)

Only last week, Gwyneth Paltrow branded the gap between women and men in Hollywood 'painful' saying 'it's s****y' to earn less than Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr.

Only last week, Gwyneth Paltrow branded the gap between women and men in Hollywood 'painful' saying 'it's s****y' to earn less than Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr.

However, trailblazers such as Lawrence appear to be having an affect on closing Hollywood's gender pay gap.

In May, she signed a 'watertight' $20 million deal for her role in the upcoming film Passengers. 

She is now set to bank almost twice what her co-star Chris Pratt will earn from the film, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.  Pratt will earn just $12 million.

The deal put her in an exclusive group of Hollywood high earners, alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. - all of whom can command enormous fees for their projects.

Jennifer won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012 and also stars in the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise. 

She is one of just four actresses who made more than $20 million this year, compared to 21 actors who banked that figure of more, according to Forbes.

Typically, top female actors can earn between $10 million to $20 million per film, and then they have the option to negotiate a share of the movie's profits.

Part of the issue, stars that negotiate the top rate tend to do so as the lead in a huge Hollywood blockbuster such as Downey Jnr. in Iron Man.

But a study found that roles with a female lead, such as Lawrence's role in Hunger Games, are far fewer.

USC's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative discovered that only 21 of the 100 top-grossing films last year featured a female lead or co-lead. While just over a quarter of the characters in those top 100 were female.

Studies have also shown that just 1.9 per cent of the directors of the top 100 grossing films of 2013 and 2014 were women.

Women made up just 14 per cent of Hollywood TV directors over the same years.

Hollywood's pay gap reflect's a national divide which sees women make an average of 22 per cent less than men in the Unites States.

That means that by October 12, the average man had already made the same amount that the average woman will make for the entire year. 

In comparison, women effectively spend the rest of their year working for free, while their male colleagues continue to earn.

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