Highest Paid Stars: Are They Good Actors?

Angelina Jolie took the top slot on Forbes magazine’s 2013 list of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

According to the magazine, Jolie took $33 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, despite not appearing in a big-budget movie since 2010′s infamous flop, “The Tourist,” co-starring Johnny Depp.

Jennifer Lawrence raked in $26 million during the same timeframe, placing her second. She deservedly earned the Best Actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2012.

Kristen Stewart places third, pocketing $22 million. She was in the top slot a year ago.

What’s common to the top earning actresses is that with the exception of Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts, who are in their 40s, they are all young.

The biggest surprise on the list is Mila Kunis, who, against all odds, emerged from being a reliable supporting actress to a leading lady, which happens very seldom in the annals of Hollywood. (Typecasting is still a dominant trend)

What’s also striking is the gap between Hollywood’s most respected and accomplished actresses and the richest thespians. I think no one would consider Jennifer Anniston as a great or even good performers, but she is on the list as a celeb-actress who makes mostly comedies, a popular genre.

Most of the ten richest actresses have appeared in youth-oriented fare, and some, like Jennifer Lawrence, struck gold twice last year, having appeared in David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Book,” which was a huge hit (over $100 million) and the blockbuster “The Hunger Games.”

Once upon a time, during the studios’ Golden Age, there was no gap between the top-earning actresses and the talented and respected ones. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert, and Barbara Stanwyck were all accomplished, Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated actresses that were also bankable at the box-office.

Now a days, Hollywood’s most esteemed actresses, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, give one distinguished performance after another, but they appear in the kinds of movies that are not top-grossing at the box-office.

The complete top 10:

1. Angelina Jolie, $33 million
2. Jennifer Lawrence, $26 million
3. Kristen Stewart, $22 million
4. Jennifer Aniston, $20 million
5. Emma Stone, $16 million
6. Charlize Theron, $15 million
7. Sandra Bullock, $14 million
8. Natalie Portman, $14 million
9. Mila Kunis, $11 million
10. Julia Roberts, $11 million