Jeremy Renner Says It's "Not My Job" To Help Female Co-Stars Negotiate Salaries, After Jennifer Lawrence's Op-Ed

His American Hustle co-star had penned the essay, "Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars" and had received support from their fellow co-star, Bradley Cooper

By Corinne Heller Oct 23, 2015 9:30 PMTags
Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner Kevin Mazur/WireImage

UPDATE: Renner took to WhoSay on Oct. 23 to clarify his comments. See below:

Don't expect Jeremy Renner to go to bat for his female colleagues in Hollywood.

The actor's American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence had earlier this month made headlines with an op-ed titled, "Why Do I Make Less Than My Co-Stars," published in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter newsletter. Lawrence, who Forbes had in August dubbed the world's highest-paid actress with an estimated $52 million in earnings, wrote she was paid less than "the lucky people with dicks" in the movie she starred in with Renner, which earned her her third Oscar nomination.

Business Insider reported that when asked if he would be willing to negotiate alongside his female co-stars on future projects, Renner said on Tuesday, "That's not my job."

"I don't know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff," the outlet quoted the Oscar nominee as saying. "When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that."

Actors typically have agents who negotiate their pay for acting projects. In her op-ed, Lawrence had said she had "failed" as a salary negotiator" because she "gave up early."

Bradley Cooper starred with Lawrence in American HustleSilver Linings Playbook, which earned the actress her first Oscar, and Serena and also reunites with her in the new film Joy. The actor, also an Oscar nominee, who was ranked by Forbes as the fourth highest-paid actor with $41.5 million in annual earnings, told Reuters earlier this month that it was "fantastic" the actress had spoken out about Hollywood's gender pay gap.

He said he has begun teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate salaries before any film he is interested in working on goes into production.

"I don't know where it's changing otherwise but that's something that I could do," the actor told the news wire. "Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It's time to start doing that," he added.

Lawrence's friend Amy SchumerFifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson, and Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston who are promoting their new movie Crimson Peak, have also expressed support for Lawrence over her op-ed.

"It's a mathematical certainty all men and women are created equal," the actor told E! News. "So, we should get equal pay."


Renner posted on WhoSay Friday afternoon:

(Originally published Oct. 21, 2015, at 2:37 p.m. PT)