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Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s essay criticising the gender pay gap in Hollywood has been applauded by several actors including Emma Watson, Elizabeth Banks and her American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper.

Lawrence, 25, has finally opened up about the hacked Sony emails that revealed she was paid less than her male co-stars, in the piece that she wrote for friend Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny.

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Actor Bradley Cooper applauded his frequent co-star for speaking out about Hollywood’s gender pay gap and said it was high time to start fixing the problem. Cooper called the step “fantastic” and said it’s great that Lawrence had taken up the cause and that her popularity gave her a great “platform.” “Would people listen if another woman said it?,” he asked.

“So anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken, that’s great. I love strong women. I think it is making a difference,” he added.

Lawrence won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook and was named as the world’s highest-paid actress last year by Forbes, with an estimated $52 million in earnings. In the past, Lawrence said she had worried about being labelled a spoiled brat when negotiating movie deals.

“I love Jennifer Lawrence,” posted Elizabeth Banks. “Yessssssss! Get it girl,” wrote Jessica Chastain alongside an excerpt from Lawrence’s piece, “I am over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable.”

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Cooper’s co-star in Burnt, Sienna Miller, supported Lawrence and called for strong action. She recalled the time she declined a Broadway role after discovering her pay would be half to her male counterpart. “Ultimately, I think it’s about valuing yourself enough to know that if you walk into that situation, I wouldn’t have felt dignified. I would have felt, in some ways, unhappy. I think we all have to just really start standing up for ourselves.”

Watson showed her love for Lawrence on Twitter. “O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so,” she tweeted.