2015’s Highest Paid Actress List Is The Most Refreshing Yet (But There’s Still A Long Way To Go)

2015’s Highest Paid Actress List Is The Most Refreshing Yet (But There’s Still A Long Way To Go)

While usual culprits Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson make an appearance, we’re pleasantly surprised to find some hot new entries in this year’s highest paid actress rankings. That said, we’re not celebrating just yet…

We all know that movie stars get paid hell of a lot to do their thing on screen, and that’s been proven in the latest list of the world’s highest paid actresses of 2015.

Financial and business publication Forbes kept track of the pre-tax income of the world's biggest movie stars, and topping this years list of the women cashing in the most impressive pay cheque is the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence (shock horror), who earned a colossal $52 million – that’s £33M, FYI – in the last year. Girl done good, huh?

Making almost $20m more than Scarlett Johansson, who found herself in second place with a total income of $35.5 million in the last twelve months, the hard work that Jen poured into four blockbuster films has definitely paid off.

In third place, things start to get interesting. Clinching the spot is hilarious actress Melissa McCarthy, who has raked in $23 million since becoming the world’s most in-demand funny girl.

Then, in fourth place, is the only non-American entry to make the top 10. Fan Bingbing, a Chinese superstar who appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as countless films in Asia, made a whopping $21 million, which is certainly encouraging in the Hollywood diversity stakes.

After that, the list continues as you’d expect, with Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston all making an appearance.

And while the achievements of these women should be praised, we’re still not exactly in the celebrating mood. Here’s why…

It doesn’t take a genius to decipher that not one black female actress made the top 10. In fact, not one made the entire list. Why is that, you ask? Well, how many leading roles do women of African origin scoop? While Fan Bingbing’s ranking is a start, Hollywood has still got a long, LONG way to go before it can call itself ‘diverse’, doesn’t it?

Our second case in point is the sad, unsurprising statistic that women in film are still being grossly underpaid compared to their male counterparts. Let’s look at J-Law – four films gave her a $52 million pay packet. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not doubting that’s a lot of money for one person but, when you compare it to that of the highest paid male actor of 2015 – Robert Downey Jr – who earned $80 million for roles in just TWO films, the stats kind of speak for themselves.

Regardless of the unequal balance that Forbes’ list spotlights, you’ve got to hand it to these women – they’re helping highlight a much wider issue faced by women around the world in every sector, in almost every workplace. Don’t give up on the fight, gals.

With that, here’s Forbes’ list of highest paid female actresses of 2015, in full. Good job, ladies…

1. Jennifer Lawrence: $52 million

2. Scarlett Johansson: $35.5 million

3. Melissa McCarthy: $23 million

4. Fan Bingbing: $21 million

5. Jennifer Aniston: $16.5 million

6. Julia Roberts: $16 million

7. Angelina Jolie: $15 million

8. Reese Withersoon: $15 million

9. Anne Hathaway: $12 million

10. Kristen Stewart: $12 million

Check out the trailer for Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming flick Joy below...

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