Jennifer Lawrence is really damn good at acting. One could argue that she’s much better at acting than she is at, say, seeking intimacy or making meaningful New Year’s Eve plans. Because Lawrence is really good at acting, she makes lots and lots of money showcasing her talents on the big screen. In fact, according to Forbes, she’s now the highest paid actress in Hollywood for the second year in a row, bringing in an estimated $46 million. Like… whoa:
For the second year in a row, the odds are in her favor: Jennifer Lawrence is once again the world’s highest-paid actress, notching $46 million pretax over 12 months–$13 million more than second-ranked Melissa McCarthy, who pocketed $33 million.
Lawrence’s impressive earnings consist largely of a profit slice from the big box office gross ($653.4 million) of her final Hunger Games installment and a mammoth upfront fee for the forthcomingPassengers. Her total is down 11.5% from $52 million in 2015, but she remains the girl on fire, financially speaking.
That’s roughly $30 million after taxes. A lot of people knock Hollywood elite for earning “easy” paychecks without having to work for it. That’s a bunch of bologna. Lawrence is living the goddamn American Dream of getting rich as hell before turning 30 and just balling out for the rest of her life. J-Law will be having the last laugh while dipping Totino’s pizza rolls in a gold bowl of Ranch dressing on her Gultstream Jet enroute to a vacation with her best friends in the Maldives.
One more thing about how much money she makes, though. The gender gap is real and was revealed to be such specifically about Lawrence in the hacked Sony e-mails last year. This ‘graph from Forbes is an important one:
Though these select actresses earn more than most could dream of, their movie money is but a fraction of what many of their male counterparts pocket. While top actresses can negotiate eight figure upfront fees plus a cut of profits for leading parts in big budget movies, there are simply fewer of those roles available for women. In fact, a recent study found that female characters fill only 28.7% of all speaking roles in film. When women are on screen, they are likely to be eye candy for a male gaze: Women appeared in sexy attire more than a third of the time and were shown partially or fully nude 27.5% of the time, three times as much as men.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Lawrence goes full Jessica Alba and it’s a legit billionaire in 10 years. The ball is in her court.