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Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why She Doesn't Care Leonardo DiCaprio Was Paid More Than Her

Stewart Perrie

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Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why She Doesn't Care Leonardo DiCaprio Was Paid More Than Her

Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about the pay deal she scored for her role in the highly-anticipated film Don't Look Up.

The movie boasts a huge lineup of some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Chris Evans, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Matthew Perry and more.

Lawrence was the top billing for the Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice, Step Brothers and Anchorman) film and she fought hard to make sure she wasn't listed equally alongside DiCaprio.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

"I was number one on the call sheet," she told Vanity Fair. "[Am I ok] with being number one on the call sheet? Yeah."

"And I thought [the credits] should reflect that. Leo was very gracious about it."

Screenwriter and director McKay wrote the role of Dr Kate Dibiasky for Lawrence and she was the first person to look at the whole script.

However, she's since revealed why that top billing title still didn't mean she walked away with the biggest pay cheque.

Vanity Fair revealed DiCaprio was paid $30 million for Don't Look Up, however Lawrence was paid $25 million, meaning she received 83 cent to Leo's every dollar.

The topic of Hollywood's problem with gender pay disparity has been been hotly debated in recent years and female stars have spoken out how they were vastly underpaid compared to their male co-stars despite having the same or more screen time.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

However, the Hunger Games actor has explained why she doesn't mind being paid less than her co-star.

"Look, Leo brings in more box office than I do," she said. "I'm extremely fortunate and happy with my deal.

"But in other situations, what I have seen - and I'm sure other women in the workforce have seen as well - is that it's extremely uncomfortable to inquire about equal pay.

"And if you do question something that appears unequal, you're told it's not gender disparity but they can't tell you what exactly it is."

Don't Look Up, which will premiere on Netflix on December 24, will tell the story of a pair of astronomers (Lawrence and DiCaprio) who embark on a mission to warn the world about an approaching comet that threatens to destroy the planet.

Despite the film dropping on Christmas Eve it will have a limited cinematic release on 10 December for those too eager to wait (or too busy waiting for Santa on the 24th).

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio

Stewart Perrie
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