Susan Sarandon said Jennifer Lawrence was right about the pay gap in Hollywood, and agreed women are “going to have to fight” for their worth.
The actress speaking to a panel at the Cannes Film Festival, said that Lawrence’s essay was right, complaining about it would not change things, it is about respect for your work, according to a Vanity Fair report. (RELATED: Here’s Why Jennifer Lawrence Thinks She Makes Less Money)
“There was an instance where I did a film with two big [male actors] and we were supposed to be favored nations,” she said. “Then halfway into it I found out they were getting paid more than I was.”
Sarandon said her agent then went to the producers and asked for more money and was told, “that I wasn’t worth [what her male co-stars were being paid], because they were big, older stars.” Adding, “And then when the time came to do press, they wanted me to do more than what they did. So that was a problem.”
The actress said in the end though Lawrence essay rang true because she didn’t fight for her worth.
“That was my fault,” she added. “That was my agent’s fault, for not putting her foot down and saying, ‘Wait, wait, wait.’ Jennifer Lawrence’s [essay] was interesting because she said, ‘I didn’t fight hard enough’ and that’s the bottom line. If that’s what you want then you’re going to have to fight for it.”
In October, Lawrence wrote an essay after a Sony hack revealed she was making less than her male co-workers in “American Hustle.” She said that ultimately it was her fault she made less because she “failed as a negotiator, and gave up too early.”