There are close to a billion reasons why we love Jennifer Lawrence, so here’s number billion and one: She just became the highest-paid actress not only in Hollywood, but in the WORLD. Forbes recently released its annual list of the highest paid actresses, and sitting pretty at the top is our girl Jennifer. She’s already at the top of our world, so it’s about time everyone else caught up.
Coming in at #1 this year makes her the second-youngest top earner ever — she’s made $52 million over the last 12 months. The title of youngest highest-paid actress still belongs to Kristen Stewart, who earned the most in 2012 at the age of 22 (all due to Twilight). Lawrence — now 25 — comes in right behind her. Still an amazing feat, and something to celebrate. And Lawrence has had plenty to celebrate this past year, not only between her mega stardom, amazing franchises (Hunger Games and X-Men), and Oscar buzz, but she actually fought to be paid this much.
Not like, throwing punches or anything. But in the wake of the Sony e-mail hack from last year, we learned that Lawrence was paid significantly less than her male costars for American Hustle (for which she received her second Oscar nob), even though they all received equal billing in the movie. NOT COOL, HOLLYWOOD. When it came time to negotiate her next starring role, in Passenger, Lawrence looked the Hollywood gender-wage gap in the eye and said, “NOT TODAY, WAGE GAP.”
So yeah, she asked for $20 million, which is the going price for the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, and she got it. Wish this were a thing happening across the board for all actresses in Hollywood, but Lawrence is at least keeping us moving in the right direction. As Entertainment Weekly pointed out, Forbes’ list of top grossing actors had a whopping 21 sitting above the $20 million mark; only four on the actresses list are above $20 million.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but thankfully Lawrence is determined to fight the good fight, and receive the same amount as her male counterparts for her phenomenal work.
Following her on the Forbes list are Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. If you want to check out the full list, including Meryl Streep and Mila Kunis, it’s up on Forbes’ website.
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