Every year Forbes magazine compiles a list of highest paid actresses in Hollywood, last year Jennifer Lawrence topped the list for her work in The Hunger Games and X-Men franchise. But this year she slipped to number three and still pulled over $20 million in a year.
Recently, Scarlett Johansson officially became the highest grossing actress ever, thanks to her role in “The Avengers” and Captain America franchise. According to Box Office Mojo, the movies with Scarlett Johansson have grossed $3.3 billion revenue at the domestic box-office.
The other actresses on the list include Cameron Diaz ($3 billion, 19), Helena Bonham Carter ($2.82 billion, 26), Cate Blanchett ($2.80 billion, 28), Julia Roberts ($2.7 billion, 30) respectively.
She is also the only female in the list and the rest are men including Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman etc. She has a lot of years up her sleeve and a great shot at hitting the top spot if Marvel properties continues to do so well at the box-office. She is also the youngest Hollywood star to feature in top 10 of highest box-office revenue earners.
But despite all those achievements Scarlett Johansson couldn’t make it to the top of the ladder for highest paid actress in 2017.
So who is the highest paid this year? It’s the most adorable, gorgeous and extremely talented Emma Stone who took home an impressive $26 million before taxes for her work in La La Land. The movie became a massive blockbuster and she is now among the most sought after actresses for the studios. Well, numbers say it all and Emma Stone just pushed Jennifer Lawrence to the third position.
The rest of the slots were filled by actresses who have different sources of income. At No. 2 slot, Jennifer Aniston made $25.5 million and a chunk of that amount came from big endorsement deals. At No. 3 as mentioned Jennifer Lawrence who earned $24 million. At No. 4, Melissa McCarthy earned $18 million and at No. 5, Mila Kunis with $15.5 million largely because of her voice work in Family Guy and hit comedy film Bad Moms.
Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence have become torch bearers of top-earning actresses who have increased the bargaining clout of young talented female actors wanting to make big in the industry. Kristen Stewart, in her 20’s, was the first actress to do so when she earned a whopping $34.5 million for her work in Twilight, but now Emma Stone holds that title. The veteran actresses like Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock are nowhere to be found.
Recently, there is a list of A-List Hollywood actresses who came out and raised the issue of “pay-equity” in public including Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence. JLaw brought up the issue of pay-equity when she found out that her male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale in American Hustle were paid much more than her.
The latest celebrity who joined was Emma Stone who raised the issue of her pay as compared to her male counterparts in La La Land. Here’s what Emma Stone said:
“The parallels in this movie are pretty fascinating. It was very interesting to see this narcissistic, self-focused, constantly stirring-the-pot kind of guy—against this incredible, qualified woman. Those parallels make sense to me—the equal-pay issue makes a lot of sense to me. At our best right right now we’re making 80 cents
But she didn’t just cry and whine like other actresses, she stepped up and made her male-counterparts take a pay-cut to bring real-time gender equality sending a powerful statement to women out there facing this problem at the work place. She added:
“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”
Way to go gal!