Amy Adams doesn’t necessarily agree with American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence about negotiating for more money upon signing onto a project. As we know, it was revealed that Lawrence, via the Sony hack, found out that she made significantly less than all of her male co-stars in American Hustle. It was also revealed that Adams actually made less than all of the main cast members despite being a lead in the ensemble film.
While Jennifer Lawrence went on to write a powerful essay about the gender pay gap between men and women and why she was ashamed that she didn’t negotiate for an equal paycheck to Christian Bale or Bradley Cooper, Adams stayed silent on the matter — until now.
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In an interview with GQ, Amy Adams, who’s currently promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, said that she had agreed to take the pay cut to make the film work and that she didn’t have a problem with it because it was for the sake of the film.
“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.”
So why didn’t Amy Adams speak out about this before now? Well, according to Adams, she’s not that vocal about it because she disagrees with opinions out there that women, particularly actresses in Hollywood, and how they should now renegotiate for a bigger piece of the pie.
“I didn’t speak about it [earning less] 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.”
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This falls more in line with what her American Hustle co-star Jeremy Renner said, and was bashed for, when asked if he would renegotiate with actresses following Lawrence’s essay. Renner said that it’s not his job to negotiate with co-stars.
“I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff,” the actor remarked.
This was brought up to Renner because as Jennifer Lawrence’s essay made the rounds in Hollywood and opened up conversations among actresses, American Hustle co-star and frequent collaborator Bradley Cooper immediately spoke out in favor of working with his female co-stars in future projects.
“I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise, but that’s something that I could do. Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”
Of Adams’ salary, Cooper said, “She worked every day on that movie and got paid nothing. It’s really horrible actually, it’s almost embarrassing.”
In Jennifer Lawrence’s essay, she said the reason why she didn’t push to renegotiate her contract, is because she “didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'”
She continued, “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!”
As for the people who signed off on Adams and Lawrence’s lower wages? That could be blamed on former Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal. She addressed signing off on the salaries by saying that it’s up to women to demand more money, not her.
“People shouldn’t be so grateful for jobs. People should know what they’re worth. Women shouldn’t take less. ‘Stop, you don’t need the job that bad,” said Pascal.
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