It’s an established fact that in the United States, women earn less than men across all industries, including sports and entertainment. Though it’s unjust that females earn lower salaries than males for comparable jobs, the gap is especially grandiose when annual wages are in the millions.
Actor Jennifer Lawrence is the latest woman to speak out about the pay disparities between men and women. In an outrageous claim, Lawrence stated she earned $5 million less than co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for their acting in “Don’t Look Up.” In comparison to DiCaprio’s earnings, Lawrence was given a tiny amount of money.
Lawrence has constantly been paid less than her male co-workers throughout her career. For example, after the Sony Pictures hack in 2014, it was uncovered that she made significantly less money than the men who worked on American Hustle with her. Although she played an equal role to the men in American Hustle, she was given significantly less money.
Even though actors tend to make more money than other workers in America, the pay gap is still enormous. Men and women should be paid equally for the same type of work to help close the gender pay gap in Hollywood, which will consequentially protect workers’ rights and promote equality.
Jennifer Lawrence learned two hard lessons while filming “Don’t Look Up”: she was paid significantly less than her male co-star, and she suffered a personal tragedy. She has decided to share publicly that she had a miscarriage while working on the film “Don’t Look Up”. This was a baby that she hoped and desired to have, but sadly lost during production.
Bryce Dallas, another actress who is shedding light on the Hollywood pay gap, earned “so much less” than her male co-star Chris Pratt did for their work on the Jurassic World sequels.
Rare.us reports: “The actors co-starred in the recent trilogy: 2015’s Jurassic World, 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and 2022’s Jurassic World Dominion. Variety said in 2018 that Bryce Dallas Howard only earned $8 million for Fallen Kingdom versus Pratt’s $10 million.”
However, sources close to the company say that Dallas was grossly underpaid in comparison to her male counterparts, although no specific numbers have been provided. The discrepancy in pay between male and female actors is a long-standing issue in Hollywood, and it’s disconcerting for female actors who work just as hard as their male counterparts.
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard stated. “When I started negotiating for Jurassic, it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set.”