Jennifer Lawrence Says Katniss Everdeen Inspired Her to Write Gender Pay Gap Essay

“It would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her,” the actress says at a press conference

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. “Fuck 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.