Gender-based discrimination in Hollywood isn’t a new thing, especially in terms of payment of actors. However, it’s a good thing that as times pass, more and more people are speaking about it. Oscar nominated actor Amy Adams recently opened up about her own experience of being paid less than her male co-stars.
Speaking to British GQ, Adams said she had always known that she was being paid less for David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” than her male co-stars but chose not to make an issue out of it like Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence wrote an essay for her friend Lena Dunham’s newsletter after learning about the payment imbalance between her, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner from the Sony hacks.
“I didn’t speak about it before and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever, because I disagreed with … not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating. The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women … I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it,” says Adams.
Her co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, had said she was not mad at Sony but at herself for not being able to negotiate higher salaries for herself. “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need,” Lawrence wrote in her letter.
“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. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled,'” Lawrence explained.
Adams praised Lawrence’s boldness in talking about the pay gap issue in such a personal matter. “I’m really proud of Jennifer. What I liked is that it was not necessarily about getting paid, or not getting paid … It’s like we [women] have been conditioned to not be controversial, to not cause problems. It’s about finding your voice,” Adams said.
Adams will reprise her Lois Lane character in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which opens on March 24 in Australia. The film will receive an R-rated director’s cut in addition to the general release. The film will set up a planned “Justice League” movie.