Recently, Forbes published a ranking of the highest paid actresses in the world. Overall, the girls earned $254 million in the 12 months (through June 2023), down 20% from last year. All but Angelina Jolie and Emily Blunt have received most of their income from television and streaming platforms.
1 Sofia Vergara: $43 million
Vergara tops the charts for her starring role in Modern Family. She also started as a judge on America’s Got Talent and is backing her earnings with additional contracts with Walmart and Rooms To Go.
2. Angelina Jolie: $35.5 million
One of the few actresses on the list who earned her income from feature films. Jolie’s biggest paycheck comes from her lead role in The Eternals, an upcoming $200 million-budget Marvel movie.
3. Gal Gadot: $31.5 million
Wonder Woman, in collaboration with Netflix, raised $20 million for her role in Red Notice.
4. Melissa McCarthy: $25 million
The comedian starred in two films for HBO and Netflix. She also hosts Little Big Shots, and next year McCartney will play the role of Ursula in a new adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
The Hollywood legend has joined director Steven Soderbergh in the comedy Let Them Talk, which was sold to HBO Max for $33 million. The other part of the income came from the film “Prom” and last year’s “Little Women”.
6. Emily Blunt: $22.5 million
The actress received such income thanks to the horror sequel A Quiet Place and the new film Jungle Cruise, which is scheduled to premiere in 2023.
7. Nicole Kidman: $22 million
Kidman joined Meryl Streep in Ryan Murphy’s Prom. In addition, the actress will earn approximately $1 million per episode of the upcoming HBO miniseries Play Back.
8. Ellen Pompeo: $19 million
Since renegotiating his contract in 2017, Pompeo is earning about $550,000 per episode of Grey’s Anatomy. In addition, she earns about $ 6 million a year through a share of the profits from syndication (the sale of display rights to other channels).
9 Elisabeth Moss: $16 million
The actress received $1 million for each episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition, Moss shared the profits of The Invisible Man, which became a surprise hit.
10 Viola Davis: $15.5 million
Davis makes the list for the first time thanks to his role as Annalize Keating on How to Get Away with Murder and the lead role in the Netflix adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
While Hollywood is getting closer to achieving gender pay parity, the income gap between men and women is significant. The top ten highest-paid male actors have grossed $545.5 million this year, nearly double the amount of actresses’ earnings.