The top paid actresses made their money from streaming deals, creative contracts, and good old-fashioned television.
The top paid actresses made their money from streaming deals, creative contracts, and good old-fashioned television. Hollywood might be moving closer to equity in terms of race and gender.
There have been real strides in the past three years since the Me Too movement took the industry by storm, but there’s still a considerable gender pay gap.
According to Forbes, this year’s ten highest-paid actors earned a collective $545.5 million. That’s more than double the $254 million made by the ten highest-paid actresses. A big part of that is just the roles available. A 2019 study titled “Inequality in 1,200 popular films” made by USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative showed that only 12.3% of over a thousand popular movies from 2007 to 2018 had gender-balanced casts. Across those movies, fewer than 35 of speaking characters were women.
However, fans are happy to see that the highest-paid actress in Hollywood is the Colombian actress and model Sofía Vergara. The Woman Post brings you all the details regarding the actresses who made the top 3, being the first one from Latin America.
Sofía Vergara has $43 million, being a mainstay on the top-earning actress list. She pulls in five hundred thousand dollars per episode playing Gloria in Modern Family. The entertainer also makes over 20 million dollars in endorsement deals, from jeans at Walmart to a line of furniture at Rooms to Go. Vergara is now a judge on America’s Got Talent, a show that pays her at least 10 million dollars.
Angelina Jolie earned $35 million. The superstar pocket nearly all of her money from traditional films. Her biggest paycheck came from her star turn in The Eternals, a Marvel movie coming out next year that has a 200-million-dollar budget. She began to mark Hollywood in the late 90s and early 2000s, starring in films like Girl Interrupted, The Bone Collector, and Gone in Sixty Seconds. Famous for her acting talent and unbelievably good looks.
Third on the list is Gal Gadot, with $31 million. She turned to Netflix this year, and they are paying her big money. She earned $20 million for her Red Notice role, which she stars in alongside Wayne, the rock Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds. Gadot achievements are impressive for a relatively new star, but Netflix has a 17-billion-dollar content budget this year. She’s waiting for Wonder Woman 1984 to hit theaters, it was delayed due to the pandemic, and that will be a big back end payout if it’s a hit.
The issue of women being paid less is at the forefront. Every major actress is talking about it. Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter about gender pay inequality after it was revealed that she made less than her male American Hustle co-stars. It’s time now to close the gap. Big names like Sofía Vergara, Angelina Jolie, and Gal Gadot demonstrate that women are as capable and thriving in the entertainment industry as men.