Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on the gender pay gap named Bradley Cooper as one of the ‘lucky’ male actors who got paid more than she did while making American Hustle.
Now, the actor who also starred alongside Lawrence in the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook, has responded to the comments made in her piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter.
Addressing Lawrence’s statements during promotion for his latest film Burnt, Cooper says he thought the essay was ‘fantastic’, and that he hopes more female actors will feel able to speak out as a result.
Noting her immense popularity, the actor said it was admirable of Lawrence to use her platform for raising the important issues, asking: “Would people listen if another woman said it?”
Discussing how he felt when the difference between his own salary and that of Lawrence and Amy Adams was revealed by the Sony email hack, Cooper says he was extremely surprised to learn there was such a huge gap.
Of Adams, who was paid far less than all the male stars despite appearing in an overwhelming majority of the film's scenes, Cooper says: “She worked everyday on that movie and got paid nothing. It's really horrible actually, it's almost embarrassing. [Amy Adams] should have been paid more than everybody.”
Going forward, Cooper hopes to be able to help bring about change by making the negotiation of salaries a more transparent process.
Talking to Reuters about his plans to start discussing what he is getting paid with his female co-stars ahead of new film projects, Cooper says: “Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It's time to start doing that.
“I don't know where it's changing otherwise but that's something that I could do.”
Cooper currently stars alongside Sienna Miller in Burnt, who has also taken a public stand against the gender pay gap.
Last month, Miller revealed that she walked away from a two-person play after discovering that her only co-star, a male actor she has chosen not to name, was set to be paid twice as much for the role.
In an interview with Vogue, Miller says: “It was a play with just two of us on stage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid.
“If it was two men, it wouldn’t probably happen. Sad, but I walked away.”