Over the past several weeks, so many stories have been coming out about the shady side of Hollywood, especially where women are concerned. And unfortunately, it seems like all our favorite actresses have a story to tell about a time they were treated unfairly on set. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter for their 2017 Actress Roundtable issue, Jennifer Lawrence admitted she’s been threatened for standing up for herself, and her story is so disappointing to hear.
Jennifer talked about a time she finally gathered the courage to defend herself after a director made “sick” comment to her face… but not everyone she worked with at the time thought she handled the situation the right way. She said:
I’ve had this happen: I finally made the decision to stand up for myself, and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, “You know, we can hear you on the microphone; you’ve been really unruly.” Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something f**ked up to me and I said, “That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,” and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again. I was called “difficult” and a “nightmare.”
Good for Jennifer for standing up for herself, even though it really sucks that someone would actually punish her for refusing to be disrespected. Everyone has the right to feel safe at work, and yes, that definitely includes a movie set.
This isn’t the first time the former Hunger Games star has spoken out about inequality in Hollywood — remember her essay in Lena Dunham‘s Lenny Letter about the wage gap between men and women? She hasn’t stopped pushing for change since then, and she thinks it’s more important than ever for women to continue speaking out… and for those women not to have to worry about losing their jobs because of it. She added:
I think a lot of people aren’t coming forward because they’re afraid they’re not going to work again. You need to be able to say, “This is wrong,” and have somebody do something about it, instead of saying, “Oh, it’s wrong? Well, you’re fired.”
It seems no one is immune to this epidemic that seems to be sweeping Hollywood. Hopefully, now that more women are speaking up about the harassment and unfair treatment they’ve received in the entertainment industry, real change might actually be on the way. But one thing is for sure: there are plenty of women like Jennifer who don’t seem to be backing down from this fight anytime soon.
Good for her for standing up for what she believes in. We can’t wait to see what else she has to say during The Hollywood Reporter roundtable (on stands now) — and the words of the other women involved including Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain!