Look, I don’t normally make people’s paychecks any of my business. That is unless something notable has occurred – and it has! Thanks to last Fall’s Sony hacks, it became news to everyone that Jennifer Lawrence was paid considerably less than her male co-stars for AMERICAN HUSTLE. That outcry over the industry-wide inequality (that’s applicable to many other industries in this country) was heard not just by Hollywood watchers, but also by the actress herself, who (we’re guessing) immediately called her agent to up her asking price. Turns out, her very astute negotiation skills have worked because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s now getting paid more than her male co-star Chris Pratt, who these days is minting money at the box office after the success of last Summer’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and this Summer’s JURASSIC WORLD, for director Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance PASSENGERS. She’ll getting paid $20 million and Pratt, only $12 million. This is historic, tributes!
Lawrence is not exactly the first woman to seize this incredible opportunity the rather depressing info leak presented to her. Also post-Sony hack, Charlize Theron was able to negotiate getting paid the same as her THE HUNTSMAN co-star Chris Hemsworth. According to ThinkProgress, this netted her a $10 million increase. Yaaaas Queen!! However, we’ve got a looooong way to go to close this wage gap between actors and actresses – as you can see for yourself thanks to this highest paid male actor (Robert Downey Jr. – $75 mil.) list from Forbes, who all make more than Hollywood’s highest paid female star (Sandra Bullock – $51 mil.) on this Forbes list.
Though you might not be concerned with actors and actresses’ million-dollar pay problems, you really should be. As I stated above, not being paid equal to our male counterparts is a national epidemic in the macro – not just in the micro. Why it took a cyber-terrorist hack to expose our country’s equal pay problem is still beyond me, but here we are. This transparency could inspired others – and we’re hoping (no, praying) it will. If there’s ever an opportunity to demand equal pay, it’s now, in a revolution led by this fierce female.