Jennifer Lawrence's revolution: How her "Hunger Games" character inspired the wage gap rallying cry

In a searing letter in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, Jennifer Lawrence decried the Hollywood wage gap

Published November 4, 2015 4:21PM (EST)

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"     (Murray Close)
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Murray Close)

If you thought Jennifer Lawrence’s recent wage gap rallying cry had some shades of Katniss Everdeen to it, you weren’t wrong.

Speaking to Reuters, Lawrence confirmed that her revolution-spurring “Hunger Games” character helped inspire her recent essay about Hollywood gender inequality, in which she asked pointedly "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?"

"I don’t see how I couldn’t be inspired by this character, I mean I was so inspired by her when I read the books, it’s the reason I wanted to play her,” Lawrence said. “So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her.”

In the article, Lawrence discussed the frustrating pressure on women to remain "likable" in professional situations.

"I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable!" she wrote. "Fuck that. 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. It’s just heard."

To be fair, the hand gestures for “I support equal pay” and “I support the revolution against the Capitol” do have some distinctive similarities.



By Anna Silman

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