Amy Adams Doesn’t Exactly Agree With Jennifer Lawrence on Gender Pay Gap, Reveals ‘American Hustle’ Director Made Her Cry

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More like American Hassle. Amy Adams opened up to British GQ about filming American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence and the gender pay gap the women experienced.

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The Oscar-nominated star, 41, admitted to the magazine that she knew she was being paid less than her male costars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner. Unlike fellow actress Lawrence, who penned an essay about the gender wage gap after learning about the pay difference through the leaked Sony emails, Adams decided not to be vocal about it.

“I didn’t speak about it before, and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever because I disagreed with … not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating,” Adams explained. “The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women … I knew I was being paid less, and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it.”

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In October, Lawrence explained via Lena Dunham’s Lenny that she wasn’t mad at Sony, but at herself for failing at negotiating.

But the Big Eyes star says she’s still “proud” of her 25-year-old costar. “What I liked is that it was not necessarily about getting paid, or not getting paid … It’s like we [women] have been conditioned to not be controversial, to not cause problems. It’s about finding your voice,” she said of Lawrence’s essay.

Even beyond the pay difference, things on the set of the Oscar-nominated 2013 film weren’t exactly smooth.

When asked by British GQ if the director David O. Russell made her cry on set, Adams said that he did almost every day. “I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly … It’s not OK with me,” she told the magazine. “Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, ‘I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.’”

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