One might assume that the salary gap between men and women in Hollywood is something we have left in the past. However, that's not the case, and the conversation about it is more vivid than ever. And now, it's Jennifer Lawrence who decided to pour her opinion about Leonardo DiCaprio, her co-star on the upcoming sci-fi comedy film 'Don't Look Up.'
The upcoming Netflix production, directed by Adam McKay, is one of the most ambitious and awaited movies of the year; especially because of its ensemble cast, consisting of Leo and Jennifer, as well as Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Matthew Perry, Chris Evans and Gina Gershon.
Recently, Kirsten Dunst was the one who brought back to the table the subject of disparity between actors and actresses in Hollywood, regarding wages. She confessed to disagreeing with the salary gap that persisted between her and the male actors in “Spider-Man.” However, Jennifer Lawrence somehow had a different opinion about this matter.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence went on to justify the gap, at least in the case of the 'Don't Look Up' film, saying that Leonardo DiCaprio “brings in more box office than I do.” Not only that, but she also said that she was “extremely fortunate and happy” with the deal she made with Netflix.
However, the 'Red Sparrow' actress also mentioned that it is usually extremely uncomfortable to inquire about equal pay in Hollywood, and she is convinced that other fellow actresses have noticed that as well. “And if you do question something that appears unequal, you're told it's not gender disparity but they can't tell you what it is,” Lawrence said. It is widely known that Jennifer Lawrence was paid $25 million for this film, while Leonardo DiCaprio cashed up to $30 million.
Even though she admitted being “happy” with the deal she made with Netflix, Lawrence also demonstrated that, if not with money, she was able to make other kind of negotiations. When the Vanity Fair reporter mentions how her name appears first in the opening credits, hanging on the screen a half second before being joined by Leonardo DiCaprio, she shows a pleased smile on her face.
Being asked if she “was ok with that,” Lawrence's “Yeah” feels forceful. “With being number on the call sheet? Yeah. And I thought [the credits] should reflect that. Leo was very gracious about it. I think we had something called a Laverne & Shirley, which is this billing they invented where it's an equal billing. But I guess maybe somewhere down the line, I kicked the stone further, like, 'What if it wasn't equal?'”
'Don't Look Up' is set to receive a limited theatrical release on December 10, 2021, prior to streaming on Netflix on December 24, 2021.