If females in the public eye are seen as role models for young women, Jennifer Lawrence is trying her best to use her fame to do just that.
According to The Huffington Post, the 25-year-old actress discussed her recent essay on the pay gap with Charlie Rose of CBS News, citing the Sony hack as the impetus for becoming more vocal on the issue. The hack, which “revealed that Lawrence was being paid much less than her male colleagues,” made her realize “there was no one to blame but myself,” she said.
Lawrence explained that it wasn’t Sony’s fault for her lower pay, but instead her own fault for not speaking up. “I feel awkward negotiating, I feel uncomfortable asking for more money. I don’t want to seem like a brat,” she said.
As she gets older, Lawrence has found that she is still learning how to not only advocate herself, but also advocate on behalf of other women. “As I get older and I learn more and I have opinions I go: ‘I have just as much of a right to speak and with something like that, with something that’s so clearly unfair, if I don’t use my voice for women who don’t have a voice then what’s the point?'”
In another portion of the interview, The Daily Beast says that Lawrence expressed her hopes of becoming more comfortable dealing with uncomfortable topics. “I want to be that person who will say that thing that’s really hard to say, that’s really awkward and really difficult,” she said. “One day I want to be able to just say it, and not make a joke, and not try to make it cute, but to just say it.”