Jennifer Lawrence responds to being paid $5,000,000 less than Leonardo DiCaprio for new film Don’t Look Up

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Jennifer Lawrence has addressed the fact that she was paid less than Leonardo DiCaprio for their new film Don’t Look Up.

Netflix’s newest venture, which will also be released in cinemas next month, boasts an incredibly star-studded line-up, from Jonah Hill and Timothée Chalamet to Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.


Jennifer, 31, and Leo, 47, lead the cast, with J-Law being the top-billed actor, but she was paid $5 million (£3.7m) less than the Titanic star, despite the script being written with her in mind.

Speaking in a new interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer was asked about the pay discrepancy, and she insisted she is ‘very happy’ with her deal.

The deal in question is a pay slip of $25m (£18.7m) to star in the flick, an absolutely mind-blowing amount of money for most people, but still significantly less than co-star Leo.

He was paid $30m (£22.4m), meaning Jennifer was paid 83 cents for every dollar given to Leo.

When asked about the deal, Jennifer admitted she ‘saw’ the pay discrepancy but appeared to accept that ‘Leo brings in more box office than I do’.

Jennifer is the top-billed actor but Leo ‘brings in more box office’ (Picture: Netflix )

She added: ‘I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal.’

However, the actor, who shot to stardom through her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, acknowledged that ‘it’s extremely uncomfortable’ for women to ‘inquire about equal pay’.

She said: ‘If you do question something that appears unequal, you’re told it’s not gender disparity but they can’t tell you what exactly it is.’

Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi are just some of the massive names appearing in the comedy (Picture: Netflix )

Jennifer revealed, however, that she pushed to be the top-billed actor, after she and Leo were first were set to have an equal billing, and said her co-star was ‘very gracious about it’.

Netflix certainly didn’t hold much back when splashing the cash for the upcoming film, having secured both veteran and up-and-coming Hollywood stars for the comedy, as well as cameos from Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi.

A special cameo from Marvel actor Chris Evans has also been announced, along with appearances from Tyler Perry, Rob Morgan and Mark Rylance.

Jennifer and Leo team up for a professor-student duo in the eagerly anticipated movie (Picture: Netflix)

Don’t Look Up is from writer and director Adam McKay, who is behind some of the most iconic comedies of the past 20 years, including Stepbrothers and Anchorman.

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The star-studded comedy follows a student astronomist and her professor (Jennifer and Leo) after they make the shocking discovery that a comet is heading straight for earth.

Elsewhere in her wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer spoke openly about some difficult experiences, including the trauma of getting hacked and her nude photos being leaked.

Don’t Look Up is released in cinemas on December 10, followed by Netflix on December 24.

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