Amy Adams Reveals 'American Hustle' Turmoil: "I Was Really Just Devastated on Set"
"I also don’t like to see other people treated badly ... It’s not ok with me," the actress told British GQ.
Amy Adams is joining American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the gender pay gap conversation. Sort of.
In the latest issue of British GQ, the actress reveals that she knew she was being paid less than male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner. However, she chose not to discuss it before "because I disagreed with ... not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating.
"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," Adams told the glossy. "So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it."
Co-star Lawrence, meanwhile, had earlier addressed the pay gap controversy in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter.
"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself," wrote Lawrence. "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need." However, she concluded, "I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F--- that."
After facing backlash about her essay, Lawrence later explained to reporters that her remarks were "more about how my mentality got in my own way of fighting just as hard as the men to get a better deal. Is that because I’m a woman? The only point of view I have is a woman’s point of view."
In addition to discussing the pay inequity, Adams admitted that director David O. Russell made her cry while filming American Hustle.
"He did ... I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most," she revealed to GQ. "Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon."
Added Adams: "But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly ... It’s not ok with me. 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."