Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Hunger Games, Love Life & Gender Pay Gap With Diane Sawyer

Days ahead of Hunger Games‘ final release, Jennifer Lawrence is sitting down with Diane Sawyer to reveal a more serious and private side that we rarely see from the easy-going actress.

In an interview set to air Thursday night on ABC’s “Nightline,”; the actress gets candid with Sawyer about life, love and the controversial gender pay gap in Hollywood.

“My question to myself was why am I not asking for it?”; Lawrence told Sawyer about getting paid far less than her male co-stars. “And I think I know I have always kind of carried a habit of submissiveness with the idea that it makes me more likeable.”;

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Lawrence went on to explain why she felt compelled to write an essay on the topic in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. “I felt like I had had to say something because we need to talk about it…On average women are paid 21 percent less than men… We can ask for the same exact thing that men do and we do have … we do face the reality that we do get judged more. If we’re harsh we get judged more… It’s just something that is intrinsic and I would love to see change.”;

The Oscar winner also opened up about the end of Hunger Games and love, while hinting at a year of heartbreak following the end of her five-year relationship with actor Nicholas Hoult. “These movies had been my life for so long and they had to come first in everything,” she told Sawyer. “I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life. So my life was this person and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies.”

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“Being 24 was this whole year of ‘Who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?’ It was always ‘we.’ It sounds so young to say that but it’s true.”

Tune-in to Nightline Thursday at 12:35 a.m. ET for more from Lawrence on marriage, movies and her friendship with comedian Amy Schumer.

Watch a preview of the interview below:

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