Jennifer Lawrence says Katniss Everdeen inspired her to write gender pay gap essay

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Last 'Hunger Games' Film Is an Inspiration, Claims Cast

Jennifer Lawrence's "The Hunger Games" character Katniss Everdeen inspired her to write the gender pay gay essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter last month.

"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," Reuters reported the actress said at a "Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" press conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

"So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her," she added.

On Oct. 13, the actress wrote a blunt op-ed criticizing the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood, writing that higher pay for "the lucky people with dicks" needs to end.

"I'm over trying to the find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable," she wrote. "F*** 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."

Emma Watson and a lot of women approved of her essay — but a number of men weighing in on the debate on Twitter didn't know why she was complaining after raking in $52 million last year.

As TheWrap previously reported, women throughout the industry are paid at a lower rate than men.

"Across the board at the executive level, it's at least a 20 percent difference between men and women's salaries," said one top female executive at a premium cable network.

"Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 20.

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FILE - In this file image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, left, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from "The Hunger Games." "The Hunger Games" on Monday, April 30, 2012 was nominated for eight MTV Movie awards, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance, and movie of the year. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, from foreground to background, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." A fictional gesture from a Hollywood movie is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against a military coup are flashing the three-finger salute from “The Hunger Games” as a silent act of rebellion, and they’re being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, from left, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in what's expected to be one of the year's biggest box-office debuts. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, left, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The film releases Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The film releases Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
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