When leaks of Sony emails revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were paid less than their male co-stars for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, equal pay advocates used the moment to spotlight the wide difference between what men and women are paid across all industries and sparked a conversation among those in Hollywood about the glaring inequality. Jennifer Lawrence wrote about her experience for Lenny Letter and for the first time five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams told British GQ this week where she stands on the issue: turns out, she knew she was being paid less, and still agreed to make the film. She also revealed that Russell, the film’s director, frequently made her cry on set.
“Yeah, I did,” she said. “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.”
Adams said that she was proud of Lawrence for penning the letter, not because it was “about getting paid or not getting paid,” but because it pushed back against the idea that women should remain non-controversial, to cause no problems. “It’s about finding your voice,” Adams said.
Read the full story at British GQ.