La La Land seems to turn out to be very kind to Emma Stone as just at the age of 28 years, the Hollywood star has become the highest-paid actress of the year with banking $26 million pretax in Forbes’ 12 month scoring period.
Stone has her earnings from the movie-musical to thank for the bulk of her payday, which also won her a Best Actress Oscar. Her portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress and barista, garnered rave reviews and goosed the film to $445.3 million at the global box office.
“I moved here when I was 15 to start auditioning, I knew what it felt like to go on audition after audition,” Stone said backstage after accepting her Academy Award.
She bests Jennifer Aniston (No. 2; $25.5 million) who continues to bank millions more than a decade after Friends’ conclusion, thanks to regular roles in movies such as The Yellow Birds. But Aniston, 48, makes most of her money by endorsing the likes of Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Hair-care line Living Proof, which she owned a stake in, was sold Unilever for an undisclosed amount in December 2016, adding to Aniston’s bottom line.
Former top-ranked Jennifer Lawrence comes in at No. 3, notching just over half her 2016 total. But don’t worry—she still made $24 million. Without a Hunger Games movie, most of Lawrence’s paychecks came from forthcoming Darren Aronofsky thriller Mother!, Red Sparrow and a longstanding Dior endorsement. Melissa McCarthy (No. 4; $18 million) and Mila Kunis (No. 5; $15.5 million) round out the top five.
Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $172.5 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes.