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Meredith Lepore
Nov 04, 2015 @ 9:45 am

Jennifer Lawrence grabbed the world's attention recently, not for her stunning gowns or hilarious late-night talk show interviews, but for getting brutally honest about the wage gap that exists in Hollywood and stating that even she, an Academy Award-winning actress and star of two huge blockbuster franchises, has dealt with it throughout her career.

In an essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter in October, the 25-year-old star addressed how she was automatically paid less than her male co-stars. It was a brave thing to do and it seems that a young woman close to Lawrence's heart served as her inspiration for making this bold move. At a recent press conference for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 when asked whether Lawrence was motivated by her character Katniss Everdeen to pen the essay, she said, "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." She continued, "So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her."

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Lawrence admitted that even she struggled to keep Katniss's future leadership qualities at bay in the first few films. "I wanted her to be a warrior right away—I wanted her to want to be a leader. I had to keep my own personal emotions about her situation out of my performance," she said. 

The Sony email hack in 2014 revealed that while she and her female co-star in American HustleAmy Adams, received seven percent of backend profits for the film, their male co-stars (Christian BaleBradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner) all made nine percent. In her essay she wrote, "I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'" 

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Katniss (and JLaw) hits theaters in MockingjayPart 2 on Nov. 20. 

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