While promoting her new film 'Our Brand is Crisis', Bullock adds her voice to the equal pay issue raised in an open letter by actress Jennifer Lawrence last week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Actress Sandra Bullock has added her voice to the issue of equal pay among women in Hollywood, which was raised last week by 'Hunger Games' actress Jennifer Lawrence. Bullock originally touched on the subject of equality when asked about how her role in the new comedy drama 'Our Brand is Crisis' - originally her part of a political advisor during an election campaign in South America was written for a man. When asked what she thought about the recent Jennifer Lawrence letter, Bullock replied it was "brave, beautiful, right on." She went on to say, "My question isn't so much about the wage because the wage gap, it's a result of something bigger. And I've said this so many times but no-one can give me an answer or wants to answer, which is 'why are women thought of as less than? Why have we allowed that thought?' and I am blaming myself as well. Why have I allowed that thought process to be around me? I think you need someone like Jennifer Lawrence who's hugely respected and successful to stop and say 'You know what? I know I've got all these blessings but here are the facts. Here are the facts. It still happens to me. You know, a couple of years I was in a studio and we were discussing a film we were getting ready to make and the studio head's comment to me was 'So is she going to be hot?' and I went 'Well, you got me, so I can only go so far, so what you see is pretty much what you get' but it made me go 'Oh my god, everything I said hadn't been heard' but that's what they needed and I knew that I was merely a pawn and that opened my eyes a lot, so thank god for Jennifer Lawrence and her ability to write and point the finger at herself and to be humorous and poignant and smart and insightful about it and brave. She's incredibly, incredibly brave. There's a lot of public shaming going on these days when people speak truthfully and I think that's why everyone's got really scared about voicing an opinion and that has made me really sad for my son - really sad." "Our Brand is Crisis" goes on release on October 30 in North America.