Since publishing her wage gap essay in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter last October, Jennifer Lawrence has sparked a firestorm of discussion about gender pay inequality in Hollywood, and everyone from Julia Roberts to Chris Rock has weighed in on her comments. Now, in a new interview for Glamour’s February cover story, Lawrence has elaborated on why she chose to speak up — and why she doesn’t blame Sony for paying her less than her male costars in American Hustle.
“It’s not smart, businesswise, to be opinionated,” Lawrence said. “But then what’s the point in having a voice at all if I’m not going to use it for what I truly believe in?”
Lawrence added that she wanted to draw attention to gender pay inequality as a whole instead of specifically calling out Sony for paying her less.
“The women’s pay gap is a real thing that a lot of people don’t know about,” Lawrence said. “It hasn’t been in our consciousness; it wasn’t in mine. I don’t think it was Sony’s fault. I don’t think it was anybody’s fault. I wanted to open up about how my mentality got in the way.”
Lawrence touched on a variety of topics in the wide-ranging interview, from giving Larry David her phone number to how she plans to live out the rest of her life in a house on Martha’s Vineyard with Amy Schumer, Grey Gardens-style. She also discussed the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood and her own experiences with the organization.
“It isn’t an attack on abortions; it’s an attack on women,” Lawrence said. “Because Planned Parenthood is so much more [than abortion]. My mom was really religious with me when I was young. She’s not so much anymore. And I wouldn’t have been able to get birth control if it weren’t for Planned P. I wouldn’t have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house.”
Read the full interview at Glamour.