Emma Stone overtakes Jennifer Lawrence to top Forbes highest-paid actress of 2017 list

The Oscar-winning La La Land star's takings have sent her soaring to the top

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 17 August 2017 08:38 BST
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Emma Stone has topped the Forbes list ranking the highest-paid actresses of the year.

The reigning Best Actress Oscar champ, who took home the trophy for La La Land in February, has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence who had topped the list for two years running.

Stone banked a total of $26 million (£20.1m) before tax over the 12-month scoring period held by Forbes.

Jennifer Aniston is in second place with total earnings of $25.5m (£19.8m) while Lawrence comes in at number three with $24m (£18.6m) (she topped the list last year with $46m - £35.7m).

According to Forbes, the majority of Stone's takings was generated from Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land which had global box office takings of over $445m (£345.2m). Just last month, the star waded in on Hollywood's gender wage gap issue stating that her male co-stars have previously taken pay cuts in a bid to ensure equality.

She said: “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.”

Aniston's haul is due to her endorsements deals with Emirates Airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno as well as her role in upcoming film The Yellow Birds.

Lawrence's comes from her Dior deal and her role in Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming psychological horror mother!.

Rounding out the top five are Melissa McCarthy ($18m) and Mila Kunis ($15.5m) with Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson the top ten's sole newcomer with $14m (£10.9m).

In all, The Wrap reports that top ten highest-paid actresses earned $172.5m (£133.9m) combined between 1 June 2016 and 1 June 2017 with the cumulative total down 16% from $205m (£159m) last year.

The highest-paid actors of 2017 will be revealed next week.

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