Jennifer Lawrence covers the October 2018 issue of Marie Claire Australia magazine photographed by Emma Summerton.
On not always at ease speaking her truth at first: “When I first started [in Hollywood], I’d shy away from uncomfortable conversations so I’d just be agreeable. But then I realised: what’s the point of saying something if I don’t say exactly what I mean? I made the decision to tell the truth, even when it’s difficult, and it changed my life – in work, relationships and friendships. Now, everyone knows exactly how I feel and I’m always myself.”
On gender pay equality: When news broke in late 2014, leaked during the Sony hacking saga, that Lawrence was earning less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, Lawrence found her voice. “I felt that no matter how hard I worked, how many accolades I received, or how much money my movies were making, I kept hitting this brick wall because I was a woman. When you put your heart and soul into something and work so hard, it’s just frustrating and heartbreaking. But this is something that affects all women in the workforce. The only thing to be done about it is change. We have to close the gap.”
[Photo Credit: Emma Summerton/Marie Claire Australia Magazine]