One-man change machine Bradley Cooper’s gonna start sharing salary info with his female colleagues.

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Actor Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t the only one shocked to hear about the salary discrepancy between the males and stars of “American Hustle.” Bradley Cooper was shocked, too.( And he was making all kinds of money from it !)

Cooper is not into women being paid less than they deserve.

Both of them were nominated for Oscars in “American Hustle, ” by the way. Image via “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Cooper even mentioned that the amount Amy Adams got paid is comparable to him was “almost embarrassing.”

Respect? Respect. Image via “American Hustle.”

The guy’s legit mad about it. When asked about costar Adams making less than he did, he got real.

Fightin’ words .

Image via “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that, ” he told Reuters .

Usually negotiations are handled in isolation and by finance people or agents. It’s the way it’s always been. But performers use their “financial people” had recently resulted in the status quo: secrecy and a lack of integrity.

Cooper is ready to shake that status quo by taking the communications of the folks who usually stimulate the salary bargains for performers into his own hands.

Bradley considers his costars as equal, and even though these ladies surely know their value already( let’s be honest here, everyone in this saga is making millions of dollars ), he’s stepping up to make sure they know their full market value. How great is that ?!

It’s a cool instance of an individual putting aside individual benefits for the ultimate benefit of working alongside his fellow performers as true equals.

Equality. It’s a beautiful dance. Image via “Silver Linings Playbook.”

I love this quote from Vogue’s Michelle Ruiz because it applies not only to Holllywood, but to everyone who cares about equality in pay and in life 😛 TAGEND

“When it comes to salary equity, it’s time to stop being polite. We can be quiet, or we can be equals.”

It’s surprising. But it’s also SO awesome and kind. Go Bradley.

It’s a call to us all to step up. Would you?

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