How Bradley Cooper Sticks Up for the Salaries of His Female Costars
Bradley Cooper is setting an example for men everywhere!
Cooper told Reuters that after he found out that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence made less money than he or any of his male co-stars did for 2013's "American Hustle," he began negotiating pay alongside his female co-stars in order to address the Hollywood gender pay gap.
"I don't know where it's changing otherwise but that's something that I could do," Cooper reportedly told the newswire service.
"Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people," he added. "But you know what? It's time to start doing that."
Cooper singled out Adams' salary differential as being especially egregious, considering she had arguably the film's leading role. “She worked every day on that movie and got paid nothing,” Cooper said. “It's really horrible actually, it's almost embarrassing.”
For the movie, Lawrence and Adams — despite the fact that both have been nominated for a truly absurd number of Oscars (Adams has five nominations; Lawrence has three nominations, including one win) — each got two percent less compensation from the revenue of the movie than did their male costars Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Christian Bale (that doesn't sound like a lot, but considering that American Hustle made more than a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, it works out to a huge difference).
Cooper's righteous talk comes days after Jennifer Lawrence's essay about getting paid less than her male costars for Lena Dunham's newsletter Lenny. In that essay, she blamed herself for not negotiating as hard as her male American Hustle costars.
"Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves," she said. "If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share."
Now, imagine, ladies: What if every man was transparent with his salary like Cooper is? Would the wage gap still exist?
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