Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams collaborated for the first time in the Oscar-nominated David O. Russell film American Hustle, but the two seem to have taken away distinct memories of what exactly went down there.
In a recent interview with British GQ, Amy discussed some of the trials that she faced on the set of the film, for which she scored her fifth Academy Award nomination and her first Best Actress nod. It also won Adams a Golden Globe for her leading role, alongside a prize for Jennifer for her supporting work in the film.
Even though they are now Golden Globe sisters, Amy does seem to have some key differences of opinion with Lawrence when it comes to American Hustle. In addition to seeing the gender pay gap issue in a slightly different light, Adams recounts emotionally destructive days she found hard to shake off while working with David. These comments stand in stark contrast to the “meeting of two souls” that Lawrence describes with Russell.
“I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly. It’s not OK with me. Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”
Suffice to say, Amy doesn’t seem completely convinced about the possibility of working with David again. The director has gained a reputation for a mercurial temper that only his key cast members, like Lawrence, will venture back to meddle with again. Rumors of these blowups even forced his pet star Jennifer to deny a fight between the two on her Facebook last year, reported Cinema Blend. Adams has referenced the issue before, but perhaps the most damning evidence is O. Russell’s on-tape meltdown with legendary actress Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees.
Other than trouble with their director, Amy and Lawrence don’t seem to have completely coincided over the pay differences between the two women and their male co-stars. Adams told the magazine she had a slightly contrasting view to that of her co-star.
“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.”
Don’t take that to be the beginning of any kind of an Amy and Lawrence falling out, though. Adams went on to praise the starlet for speaking about the issues surrounding the disparities in pay, as opposed to simply pushing for more money out of greed.
“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.”
Despite all the drama associated with David O. Russell and American Hustle, the pair’s Golden Globes victories may have set a hot precedent. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams also won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for the next two consecutive years. Adams landed the major recognition again one year later for Big Eyes, and Jennifer won for Joy just one month ago.
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