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Watson, Cooper applaud Lawrence's letter on pay inequality

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

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 'Lenny Letter' newsletter.

"There's a double standard in the whole world for sure. This is just one aspect," Cooper said.

"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.

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 complement.

"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.

"I love Jennifer Lawrence," posted 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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First Published: Wed, October 14 2015. 18:02 IST