Emma Stone is now Hollywood’s highest paid actress

And it might be thanks to some of her past male co-stars…

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And it might be thanks to some of her past male co-stars…

This week saw Forbes rank the highest paid actresses of 2017, with some of this year's entries being pretty surprising.

Despite holding the top spot for two years in a row, Jennifer Lawrence was dethroned this year by close friend Emma Stone who emerged as 2017’s highest paid actress.

Given the success of La La Land it’s hardly surprising, with the film raking in over £345 million in the box office and earning her 2017’s Best Actress award at the Oscars.

Emma however also gives some credit to her male co-stars, explaining how some had actually taken a pay cut in order to equal out the wages.

‘If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life,’ explained the 28-year-old actress, reportedly taking home £20.1 million this year, before tax.


Second place went to Jennifer Aniston (up two places from last year) who reportedly earned a total of £19.8 million, with last year’s winner Jennifer Lawrence moving down to third with a take of £18.6 million.

Fourth place went to Melissa McCarthy, raking in £14 million this year, with Mila Kunis following with a taking of £12 million.

Emma Watson was the only newcomer to grace the list, reportedly raking in £10.8 million this year, starring in both Beauty and the Beast and The Circle. Atomic Blonde star Charlize Theron also earned £10.8 million this year, with Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts following in joint eighth, earning £9.3 million each.

Amy Adams took the final spot in the top ten, raking in £8.9 million, with the top ten highest paid actresses earning a combined total of £133.9 million.

Forbes will be revealing the list of 2017’s highest-paid actors next week, and people are already holding their breath for the gender wage gap war that is sure to follow.

Jenny Proudfoot
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