The leaked emails from Sony's hack scandal revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were both paid less than Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner on American Hustle; the women were paid 7% of the pool while the men were each paid 9%. Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay about the situation, but Amy Adams was unwilling to discuss it, even canceling an interview on the Today show because did not want to answer questions about it.
In the new issue of Allure, she finally decided to open up: "I've probably conceded to more that I disagree with as a woman because I felt like I had to. I don't like fighting. Sometimes I just go along with things even though I know they're not in my best interest. I negotiated, and I tried to get paid as much [as Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper]. But I felt like if I kept pushing, I wouldn't have had the opportunity. So that's on me. I wasn't comfortable [talking about it] because I don't feel bad for myself as an actress. I feel really fortunate. I started doing research, and it was striking how women don't feel comfortable negotiating for raises. That's what is so great about what Emma Watson is doing. She's not talking about actresses; she's talking about women all over the world."