Jennifer Lawrence credits her Hunger Games franchise character Katniss Everdeen with giving her the inspiration to speak out about gender pay inequality.
The actress wrote an thought-provoking essay in October in which she addressed the 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.”
The actress has now said that the inspiration behind her empowered Lenny essay came from none other than the Mockingjay herself.
“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 told reporters when asked about whether playing the character prompted her to speak up about the issue.
“So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her.”
Numerous celebrities came out in support of Lawrence’s essay, including Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson and Jessica Chastain.