LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — Earlier this year, leaked Sony emails revealed that actress Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars for "American Hustle." Activists quickly pointed to the situation as an example of the "wage gap."
In a new essay for the online newsletter Lenny, Lawrence said that she blamed herself for failing as a salary negotiator.
"I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself," she wrote.
The Oscar-winning actress said she didn't want to fight for millions of dollars at the time, partly because she didn't need the money and partly because she didn't want to come across as "difficult" or "spoiled."
"I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight," she added.
In the thoughtful essay, Lawrence wonders if she's wasted her time trying to be likable while her male counterparts are commended for being fierce. She ultimately concludes that she's "over" finding adorable ways to state her opinion.
"F-- that," she wrote. "I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard."
Lenny is a recently launched weekly newsletter from Lena Dunham and her "Girls" executive producer Jenni Konner.
Read the full letter here.