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Forbes highest paid actresses: Emma Stone breaks JLaw’s spell, Deepika Padukone drops out

Emma Stone has ended Jennifer Lawrence’s two-year reign at the top of Forbes highest paid actresses’ list.

hollywood Updated: Aug 17, 2017 09:59 IST
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Emma Stone took home $26 million last year.(AFP)

Forbes has released its list of highest paid actresses and unlike last year, no Indian name made it through. However, Jennifer Lawrence’s reign at the top position has finally been ended by Emma Stone.

Emma, 28, also won the Academy Award for best actress this year for her role as a struggling performer in La La Land. She made $26 million in pre-tax earnings in the year up to June, according to the magazine’s annual chart.

Deepika Padukone could not make it to the list again.

Last year, Deepika made it to the 10th position on the list with her earnings of $10 million but wasn’t spotted on the list this time round. The magazine had written about her: “India’s Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer to the ranking. The 30-year-old joins the list with Bollywood hits such as Bajirao Mastani, though she earns far less than her Hollywood counterparts for roles. Instead, she compensates with over a dozen lucrative endorsements--a hedging tactic employed by many of her Hollywood peers.”

A combination photo shows (L-R) actors Jennifer Aniston, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. (REUTERS)

Jennifer Aniston, 48, stood at the second spot with $25 million, boosted by numerous endorsement deals across the world.

Jennifer Lawrence, 27, also made a whopping $24 million which were still somehow eclipsed by her gargantuan earnings from the previous year, $46 million. She took the top spot for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Last year, she starred with Chris Pratt in Passengers which didn’t perform too well at the box office or with the critics.

Melissa McCarthy and Mila Kunis -- on $18 million and $15.5 million respectively -- rounded off the world’s five highest-paid actresses.

Melissa McCarthy portrays White House spokesman Sean Spicer, while taping a segment for Saturday Night Live on Friday in New York. (AP)

The top 10 -- also including Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams -- made a combined $172.5 million, down 16 percent from last year’s $205 million total, said Forbes.

The actors’ list due to be published later in the week is expected to show once again men banking far more than their female counterparts.

The issue of pay disparity grabbed headlines in 2014 after a leak of stolen emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment showed that Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars in the hit movie American Hustle.

Amy Adams took the 10th position. (REUTERS)

Last year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors at $64.5 million, more than double Stone’s total this year.

Dwayne Johnson was last year’s highest paid actors. (AFP)

It has been an incredible few months for Stone, who completed a clean sweep of Hollywood’s major prizes in February. She had already picked up trophies at the Golden Globes, British BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Born Emily Jean Stone in Scottsdale, Arizona to a homemaker mother and businessman father, Stone began acting in youth theater in Phoenix.

Emma Stone wins best actress at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2017. (NYT)

At the age of just 14, she made a PowerPoint presentation entitled Project Hollywood to persuade her parents to allow her to drop out of school and pursue a movie career.

She has appeared in more than 20 movies since her 2007 debut in Superbad but really came to the fore as a major talent in The Help, Tate Taylor’s 2011 drama about the racism faced by black maids in 1960s Mississippi.

A string of hit films followed, including two Spider-Man movies and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, which earned Stone a best supporting actor nomination at the Oscars.

Check out the full list:

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)

6. Charlize Theron ($14 million)

7. Cate Blanchett ($12 million)

8. Julia Roberts ($12 million)

9. Amy Adams ($11.5 million)

(with inputs from AFP)

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First Published: Aug 17, 2017 09:53 IST