While pay discrepancy is still an ongoing issue, with female stars often earning less than their male counterparts, there have been a select few actresses who have snagged huge paycheques.
Pursuing a career in acting sure has its benefits, from haute couture designer gowns to a team of stylists on speed dial. If you have made it in the acting industry, you’ll be paid more than your money’s worth for your time and talent.
And if you need proof – then look no further than the world’s highest-paid actresses in the world.
Here are some of the top 2021 highest-paid actresses in the world as told by Forbes.
Viola Davis, 56
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $15 Million
Net Worth: $25 Million
From a formidable actress on the American theatre in the late 1990s to a major box office star, with each new role Viola Davis has always demonstrated her impressive range and considerable talent.
The American actress and producer earned $15 million from 2010 to 2021 from her acting jobs and is a triple threat when it comes to her awards.
She is the first African-American and currently the youngest actor, to achieve multiple awards including two Tony Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. Her most recent appearances are in Suicide Squad, Fences and The Help.
Ellen Pompeo, 52
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $19 Million
Net Worth: $80 Million
In 2002, her performance in Moonlight Mile received great reviews and the once struggling actress only seemed to snag small roles in series and movies.
However, in 2005, her life changed forever once she got her first major role on the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes. The star who is most famously recognised in her role as Meredith Grey catapulted Pompeo to stardom.
Since then, Ellen Pompeo has appeared on the Forbes list for the past few years and has been the highest-ranked actress for a drama series. Besides acting, the star also got a chance to produce and direct the series further down the line.
For her, the amount is more than a professional recognition – it is part of her empowerment.
Nicole Kidman, 54
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $22 Million
Net Worth: $250 Million
Acclaimed as both an A-list movie star and a highly respected actor, Nicole Kidman was a major force on-screen beginning in the late 1980s. Nicole Kidman’s career is at an all-time high, and with projects like Big Little Lies, The Undoing, and Nine Perfect Strangers under her belt, streaming giants are in a full-on war over the actress.
Some of her famous projects are The Others, Dogville, Paddington, Aquaman and many more.
The 54-year-old is a mom of four and a successful producer, actress and singer. Her fortune derives from her roles as an actress alongside endorsement deals representing various companies and brands.
Emily Blunt, 38
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $22.5 Million
Net Worth: $80 Million
Emily Blunt is a successful British actress who earned her fortune and achieved her highest acclaim from 2020-2021. Her earnings from her acting jobs come not just from the roles that she takes on, but also, from her fearless ability to tackle both comedy and drama with poise and ease.
Her most famous roles have been in Edge of Time, Into The Woods, The Girl on the Train and more. However, her role in the sequel of A Quiet Place has given her a great amount from the producers Michael Bay and Andrew Form alike.
Meryl Streep, 72
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $24 Million
Net Worth: $160 Million
Next up we have an acting legend, Meryl Streep. The star is one of the world’s most popular and in-demand actresses. Her glorious career has lasted for half a century, marking a record of 21 times nominated for the Academy Award with three wins.
In the 2000s and 2010s, she starred in critically acclaimed movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia, The Iron Lady, Into The Woods and Little Women. The multi-Oscar winning actress started off as a stage actress in New York in 1960. In 1977 she received her first feature role in Julia and was spotted by Robert De Niro for her talent.
Streep’s career spans from her Hollywood work, investing in real estate and endorsements. With over 150 awards from various organizations, it’s no wonder her net worth sits so high.
Melissa McCarthy, 51
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $25 Million
Net Worth: $90 Million
Having performed in multiple movies and TV shows Melissa McCarthy has risen to the top in the comedy category. The Oscar-nominated actress has made it very clear that humour is not only a man’s game.
Melissa McCarthy is a very talented comedian, producer and actress who is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and many others. Having performed in several blockbuster films and received multiple awards, it is no doubt that McCarthy is an established actress. Some of her commercially successful comedies are Bridesmaid, The Heat, Tammy and Spy.
The actress is actively taking on new projects and earning a fair share of the money. The New York Times even ranked her as one of the top greatest actors of the 21st century.
Gal Gadot, 34
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $31 Million
Net Worth: $30 Million
Gal Gadot is the biggest Israeli superstar by media outlets. She was crowned as Miss Israeli when she was 18 years old. She is one of the most versatile and loved actresses across the globe.
After gaining international recognition with the rise of the Fast and Furious franchise, she rose to stardom with her turn as DC’s Extended Universe’s Wonder Woman. Our beloved Wonder Woman is the third highest-paid actress due to her role which occurred between 2020 and 2021.
Angelina Jolie, 46
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $36 Million
Net Worth: $120 Million
Angelina Jolie is the second-highest-paid actress in the world. Not only is she one of the world’s most attractive actresses but she also became a reputable filmmaker and humanitarian.
Some of her most famous works are Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr and Mrs Smith and Maleficent. The star also just wrapped up her role in Marvel’s Eternals where she played goddess Thena.
Sofia Vergara, 49
Highest Salary For A Role In A Movie: $44 Million
Net Worth: $180 Million
Standing as the current highest-paid actress is none other than Sofia Vergara. One of the most talented actresses, producers and presenters, the actress scored prominent roles in projects such as the ABC comedy series Modern Family, The Smurfs and Hot Pursuit.
The 49-year-old is also a current judge in America’s Got Talent. The American-Columbian beauty has her major fortune coming in from multiple endorsements and several business investments.