Oscar Actors: Jennifer Lawrence on Equal Pay, Motherhood, Activism

“It doesn’t matter how much I do. I’m still not going to get paid as much as that guy, because of my vagina?” the Oscar winner said.


During an interview with Vogue, conducted days after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, the Oscar-winning actress got heated while sharing a new perspective she’s formed around politics and civic engagement. “I can’t fuck with people who aren’t political anymore. You live in the United States of America. You have to be political. It’s too dire. Politics are killing people.”

Lawrence shared how politics have created a rift with family members in Kentucky, specifically her father.

Lawrence reveals that in her 20s she had gotten pregnant and planned on having an abortion herself until she miscarried.

She got fired up over the fact that the court took away the right to abortion while the majority of Americans still believe it should be available to all under certain circumstances. “Get the government out of my snatch. Okay?” she says. “It’s too personal to a female’s existence to watch white men debate over uteruses when they from the bottom of their hearts can’t find a clitoris.”

Lawrence covers the October issue of Vogue in profile penned by Abby Aguirre with images by photographer Tina Barney. It hits just days ahead of the Toronto Film Festival debut of her latest film, Causeway, directed by Lila Neugebauer.

It casts the Oscar winner (one f the youngest Best Actresses) as an American soldier who returns to her hometown of New Orleans after a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan.

Causeway marks the first film made by Lawrence’s production company Excellent Cadaver and Neugebauer praises her star as someone who plays “no games.” She adds: “There’s no fortress. She’s present and she’s in it with you and she’s game.”

The profile marks Lawrence’s first since becoming a mother. Lawrence was figuring out how to speak on it and weighing how much she wants to keep private.

Baby Boy Cy

The actress revealed that she had baby boy and his name is Cy. Named after the American painter Cy Twombly, the artist is a personal favorite of husband Cooke Maroney, an art gallerist.

“It’s so scary to talk about motherhood. Only because it’s so different for everybody. If I say it was amazing from the start, some people will think, it wasn’t amazing for me at first, and feel bad. Fortunately, I have so many girlfriends who were honest. Who were like, It’s scary. You might not connect right away. You might not fall in love right away.’ So I felt so prepared to be forgiving. I remember walking with one of my best friends at, like, nine months, and being like, ‘Everyone keeps saying that I will love my baby more than my cat. But that’s not true. Maybe I’ll love him as much as my cat?’”

She did fall in love straight away. “The morning after I gave birth, I felt like my whole life had started over. Like, now is day one of my life.

I just stared. I was just so in love. I also fell in love with all babies everywhere. Newborns are just so amazing. They’re these pink, swollen, fragile little survivors. Now I love all babies. Now I hear a baby crying in a restaurant and I’m like, Awwww, preciousssss.”

The cover story also touches on the hot-button issue of equal pay. That subject hits close to home as the Sony hack revealed that Lawrence didn’t make as much as male costars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.

Earning $5 Million Less than Co-Star DiCaprio

Vanity Fair reported that Lawrence earned $5 million less than DiCaprio for Adam McKay’s comedy Don’t Look Up.

Biopic of Sue Mengers

It’s unclear what her pay is for the biopic she’s set to star in based on the life of legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.

“There is almost, and I say this with love and admiration, sociopathic tendency that I think sometimes I’m jealous of,” Lawrence says of the film, to be directed by Italian Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, 2013)

“I kind of covet the heartlessness that she had to have.”