Top 10 Highest-Paid Actresses in the World (2018)
Pursuing a career in acting sure has its benefits, from high fashion designer gowns to a team of stylists on speed dial – you name it. But it all comes with a hectic filming schedule, irregular working hours, long period of time spent far from home, as well as countless sleepless nights.
However, if you’ve managed to make it in the industry, you’ll be paid more than your money’s worth for your time and talent.
And if you need proof, look no further than the top 10 highest-paid actresses in the world!
Top 10 Highest-Paid Actresses in the World
10. Lady Gadot
Earnings: $10 million (£7.7 million)
Lady Gadot is best known for playing Wonder Woman in the 2017 eponymous DC Comics film. The Israeli actress’s big break in Hollywood, however, came eight years earlier when she appeared as Gisele Yashar in Fast and Furious and its sequels, a role she says she landed thanks to her experience in the Israel Defence Forces as a combat instructor. This, in turn, helped her secure a place on the list of the top 10 highest-paid actresses in the world.
9. Melissa McCarthy
Earnings: $12 million (£9.2 million)
Melissa McCarthy has come a long way since her stand-up days in New York City. Over the years, the comedic actress has wowed audiences with her relatable and funny personality in movies like Bridesmaids, The Boss, Identity Thief and Life of the Party. She makes most of her income from her on-screen performances, her production company On the Day (which she founded nearby her husband and fellow actor Ben Falcon) and her own clothing brand, Melissa McCarthy Seven 7, which obliges women of all shapes and sizes.
8. Cate Blanchett
Earnings: $12.5 million (£9.6 million)
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has been in the limelight for some time now, having started her career is 1997 with an appearance in Paradise Road. Since then, she has made appearance in the Thor and The Lord of the Ring motion movie series. Her 2017– 2018 fortune, however, is thanks to her leading role in Ocean’s 8, an all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, and in The House with a Clock in its Walls.
7. Julia Roberts
Earnings: $13 million (£10 million)
Hollywood powerhouse Julia Roberts has been wowing audiences for more than three decades with her iconic performances in Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Notting Hill and Erin Brockovich, becoming America’s sweetheart. And although she’s only starred in a single film recently (the comedy-drama Wonder), she makes a lot of from her work in previous movies, as well as her Lancôme endorsement deals.
6. Mila Kunis
Earnings: $16 million (£12.3 million)
Big-eyed beauty Mila Kunis had a different background to the other actresses on this list. When she moved to the US from Ukraine at just seven years of age, she couldn’t speak an world of English, but eight years later manage to bag a leading role as Jackie Burkhart on the hit TV sitcom That ’70s Show. She then went on to lend her voice to Meg Griffin, the self-conscious on the animated series Family Guy, now in its seventeenth season. She’s also starred in an array of blockbuster films, including Black Swan, Ted, Friends with Benefits and, more recently, A Bad Moms Christmas and The Spy that Dumped Me.
5. Reese Witherspoon
Earnings: $16.5 million (£12.7 million)
Reese Witherspoon has grown heaps and bounds since her Legally Blonde days. Following her huge success as sorority girl Elle Woods, she went on to bag other top spots in movies like Sweet Home Alabama and as June Carter in the award-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. She also started her own production company, Pacific Standard, in 2012 and, most recently, produced and starred in the hit mini-series Big Little Lies, which was recently renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019. Witherspoon is also planning for an Elle Woods comeback as Legally Blonde 3 is set to open on Valentine’s Day 2020.
4. Jennifer Lawrence
Earnings: $18 million (£13.8 million)
Ever since her acting debut in The Hunger Games in 2012, Jennifer Lawrence has gone from strength to strength, becoming the youngest actress to receive four Academy Award nominations (including one win) and three Golden Globe wins. Since then she’s appeared in a number of fox office hits, including X-Men: First Class, Silver Linings Playbooks and the Joy Mangano biopic Joy.
3. Jennifer Aniston
Earnings: $19.5 million (£15 million)
Our most loved fashionista from Friends is still making it to the heights of the richest actresses list – and rightfully so! Her income over the previous year comes mainly from her endorsement deals with Emirates, SmartWater and Aveeno. And with her new small-screen collaboration with Reese Witherspoon in the pipeline, Aniston might just be on her way to bagging top spot in 2019!
2. Angelina Jolie
Earnings: $28 million (£21.5 million)
Angelina Jolie hasn’t been on the acting scene as much as she used to lately, however with an upfront payment of a reported $28 million for her role in Maleficent II (due for a 2020 release), it’s not difficult to see why. The UN ambassador also receives income from some of her most famous films, including Tomb Raider, Mr and Mrs Smith and Girl, Interrupted.
1. Scarlett Johansson
Earnings: $40.5 million (£31.1 million)
The leading women in Hollywood for 2018 is none other than Scarlett Johansson. Her success is mostly because of her role as the Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who isn’t going anywhere soon, with a planned fourth installment in the Avengers series for 2019.
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