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Hollywood actors earn far more money than actresses


Emma Stone took home the award for best actress at the 2017 Oscars for her performance in La La Land

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Emma Stone took home the award for best actress at the 2017 Oscars for her performance in La La Land

“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman tells Marie Claire. “In Hollywood we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”

Although some defenders of the system point out that the disparity could be chalked up to the fact that more men star in profitable action and superhero franchises, women often make less even in romantic comedies. Portman, for example, says she was paid three times less than her male co-star Ashton Kutcher for the 2011 movie “No Strings Attached.”

“I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain,” the star continues, “but the disparity is crazy.”

If you were to combine the two rankings, the 20 highest-paid actors in the world would include two Ryans, two Toms and just three women (two of whom, as it happens, are named Jennifer). Stone, Hollywood’s highest-paid woman, would barely crack the top 15.

Here’s the breakdown. All figures are pre-tax:

20. Jeremy Renner: $19 million
19. Matt Damon: $21 million
18. Ryan Reynolds: $21.5 million
17. Jennifer Lawrence: $24 million
16. Jennifer Aniston: $25.5 million
15. Emma Stone: $26 million
14. Ryan Gosling: $29 million
13. Samuel L. Jackson: $30.5 million
12. Tom Hanks: $31 million
11. Chris Hemsworth: $31.5 million

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