Jessica Chastain Speaks Out About Jennifer Lawrence’s Pay Gap Essay at ‘Crimson Peak’ Red Carpet

Jessica Chastain previously tweeted her support of fellow leading lady Jennifer Lawrence’s statements about the Hollywood pay gap, but expanded on her thoughts during her Crimson Peak premiere red carpet.

In an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, the actress addressed the huge pay gap between she and her male American Hustle co-stars that was made public during the infamous Sony hacks. “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” she admits. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”

Check out what Chastain had to say about Lawrence’s pointed essay, at the premiere of her film Crimson Peak (via Variety):

“I’m proud of her,” said Chastain. “Sometimes when you’re doing well, you’re afraid to say something’s wrong because then there’s going to be a bunch of people out there going ‘OK, well, you’re a big old movie star.’ But it doesn’t matter.”

“There’s no excuse,” she added. “There’s no reason why she should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male co-stars. It’s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years and years. I think it’s brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it.”

Let us know what you think of the Hollywood pay gap issue, and the stars that are speaking out about it, in the comments below.

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