Bradley Cooper says he is going to start working with his female co-stars during pay negotiations to make sure actresses are paid more fairly.
His comments were in response to the essay Jennifer Lawrence penned last week week about finding out, thanks to the Sony hack, the men she worked with on American Hustle, including Cooper, were paid significantly more her.
“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. I failed as a negotiator,” she wrote. “Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.”
Cooper applauded Lawrence for speaking out and said he would look in future to collaborating with his co-stars during pay conversations.
“I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise,” he told Reuters. “But that’s something that I could do.”
“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”
Cooper also admitted he was shocked to learn Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for the role, was paid less for the film than all the other leads.
He said she “should have been paid more than everybody”.
“She worked everyday on that movie and got paid nothing,” he said. “It’s really horrible actually, it’s almost embarrassing.” He said he hoped Lawrence’s essay would encourage others like Adams to speak up.