What Inspired Jennifer Lawrence’s Wage Gap Criticism? Being Katniss, Duh

No surprise there!

Last month, Jennifer Lawrence made waves when she published a blunt, biting essay about the discrepency between what male and female actors are paid. And as totally hyped as we all were to see JLaw take the entertainment industry to task, a lot of fans wondered: why did she finally decide to speak out?

Because Katniss Everdeen would, that's why. According to JLaw herself, all the years of playing the beloved heroine of "The Hunger Games" series definitely influenced her to come forward and face the sexism in Hollywood head-on.

"I don't see how I couldn't be inspired by this character, I mean I was so inspired by her when I read the books, it's the reason I wanted to play her," she told Reuters at a press event for the "Mockingjay: Part 2" premiere. "So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her."

Of course, Katniss didn't stroll into the Capitol of Panem making demands against inequality, either -- her arc towards revolution happened slowly over the course of the series, which Lawrence admitted was frustrating at first.

"I wanted her to be a warrior right away, I wanted her to want to be a leader," she said. "I had to keep my own personal emotions about her situation out of my performance."

Luckily, now she's done with playing coy both in her latest film and in her professional, as she noted in her essay for Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter in October.

“I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable!” she wrote then. “F—k that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.”

Yup, that definitely sounds like something the war weary Katniss would say -- and it's nice to know that JLaw will help her legacy live on long past the Mockingjay revolution.


"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" hits theaters November 20.