Hollywood 2017: Stone, Emma–World’s Highest Paid Actress

Emma Stone, the “La La Land” Oscar-winner, is the world’s highest-paid actress according to Forbes, surpassing Jennifer Lawrence, who occupied the top spot in 2016 and 2015.

Stone, 28, collected $26 million, thanks to her Oscar-winning performance as Mia in the movie-musical “La La Land.”

Emma Stone equal pay

Stone revealed that her male co-stars too salary cuts for her to eceive equal pay. “That’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair,” Stone told Out.  “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.’”

Jennifer Aniston was runner-up with $25.5 million. While she continues to receive millions in royalties even a decade after “Friends” ended, the actress, who appeared “The Yellow Bird,” also endorses the Emirates airlines, Smartwater, and Aveeno.

Lawrence dropped down two slots to No. 3 with $24 million, almost half of her $46 million earnings in 2016. Most of her paycheck comes from Aronofsky’s upcoming horror thriller “Mother,” “Red Sparrow,” and her Dior endorsement.

Emma Watson is the sole newcomer on this year’s list after “Beauty and the Beast” became the top-grossing movie of the year so far at $1.26 billion.

Earning estimates are based on a 12-month pre-tax scoring period from Nielsen data, box office numbers, and industry insiders. The cumulative list total is down 16% from $205 million in 2016, to $172.5 million in 2017. While four women breached the $20 million mark last year, only three crossed the threshold this year.

The 10 highest paid actresses:
  1. Emma Stone ($26 million)
  2. Jennifer Aniston ($25.5 million)
  3. Jennifer Lawrence ($24 million)
  4. Melissa McCarthy ($18 million)
  5. Mila Kunis ($15.5 million)
  6. Emma Watson ($14 million)
  7. Charlize Theron ($14 million)
  8. Cate Blanchett ($12 million)
  9. Julia Roberts ($12 million)
  10. Amy Adams ($11.5 million)
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