Julia Roberts Loves How Jennifer "Whippersnapper" Lawrence Is Stirring Things Up in Hollywood

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Jennifer Lawrence's wage gap essay hit on October 13 (opens in new tab), and the domino effect has been both swift and successful. Sure, Kate Winslet said the conversation was "vulgar" (opens in new tab) (ahem), but Bradley Cooper was inspired (opens in new tab) to help his female costars negotiate higher salaries, and The Hollywood Reporter  (opens in new tab)announced that they'll no longer rank women in their power list. Basically, Lawrence's essay was a catalyst for actual change, and proof that the term "pop culture feminism" is reductive at best.

Now, Julia Roberts has added her voice to the mix, taking a decidedly different tone to Winslet and saying that Lawrence should be lauded for her fearless essay.

"I applaud her," Roberts told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America (opens in new tab). "She's a young, fabulous, talented whippersnapper and I love that she's stirring things up...I think it's great to kind of shake things up. I think it's great to go, 'Excuse me. Over here. I know something now and I'm frustrated by it and why is this?'"

Lawrence's ability to "stir things up" is proof that women have the power to make tangible change and motivate their peers to do the same. It's the trickle down effect in action, only in the least Reagan-y way ever.

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.