Jennifer Lawrence, national treasure and undeniable baller, was once the poster child for Hollywood's gender problem because she was paid 5 percent of American Hustle's box office sales (opens in new tab) to Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale's 7 percent. Did she quit? No. Did she pout and refuse to work with men ever again? No—she left Bradley to die in the woods in Serena (opens in new tab), then she went and earned herself a $20 million payday.
For her next film Passengers, described as a "romantic sci-fi drama," JLaw is reportedly set to make significantly more than Chris Pratt, rider of an ongoing red-hot streak and the movie's male lead. THR reports (opens in new tab) Lawrence will take home $20 million plus a 30-percent share of the back end, compared to Pratt's $12 million.
This is capital-G great, and not just because Jenny's getting her money. 1) The studio believes in her/her star power. 2) JLaw believes in herself enough to walk away (opens in new tab) if she didn't get her due. 3) Another step toward equal pay! And 4) I just know Chris is going to come out and say something supportive, so this is awesome on all fronts.
Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.
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