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Not surprisingly, the list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses puts the industry's race and gender bias in stark relief

The highest paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence, gets paid almost $30-million less than the highest paid actor


Anna Silman
August 20, 2015 6:28PM (UTC)

Forbes has released its list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, with “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence topping the list at $52 million, followed by Scarlett Johansson at $35.5 million and Melissa McCarthy at $23 million.

While the numbers may look impressive at first glance, in a year that has been dominated by discussions about the gender wage gap in Hollywood -- with the Sony hack revealing "American Hustle's" male stars were paid substantially more than its female stars -- the list proves once again how far we have to go.

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When compared to Forbes’ list of the 2015 highest paid actors, the highest paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence, gets paid almost $30-million less than the highest paid actor, "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. What’s more, the 10th-highest paid actor (Mark Wahlberg) still makes more than the third-highest paid actress (Melissa McCarthy).

The list also throws Hollywood’s entrenched racial biases into stark relief, with only one non-American actress making the list — Chinese actresses Bingbing Fan — and no American women of color making the cut.

Here’s the top eighteen:

1. Jennifer Lawrence: $52,000,000
2. Scarlett Johansson: $35,500,000
3. Melissa McCarthy: $23,000,000
4. Bingbing Fan: $21,000,000
5. Jennifer Aniston: $16,500,000
6. Julia Roberts: $16,000,000
7. Angelina Jolie: $15,000,000, Reese Witherspoon: $15,000,000
9. Anne Hathaway: $12,000,000, Kristen Stewart: $12,000,000
11. Cameron Diaz: $11,000,000
12. Gwyneth Paltrow: $9,000,000
13. Meryl Streep: $8,000,000, Amanda Seyfried: $8,000,000, Sandra Bullock: $8,000,000
16. Emma Stone: $6,500,000, Mila Kunis: $6,500,000
18. Natalie Portman: $6,000,000

And here’s the list of the top eighteen men, for comparison (there's more diversity here, too):

1. Robert Downey Jr.: $80 million
2. Jackie Chan: $50 million
3. Vin Diesel: $47 million
4. Bradley Cooper: $41.5 million
5. Adam Sandler: $41 million
6. Tom Cruise: $40 million
7. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5 million, Salman Khan: $33.5 million
9. Akshay Kumar: $32.5 million
10. Mark Wahlberg: $32 million
11. Dwayne Johnson: $31.5 million
12. Johnny Depp: $30 million
13. Leonardo Dicaprio: $29 million
14. Channing Tatum: $29 million
15. Chris Hemsworth: $27 million, Daniel Craig: $27 million
17. Matthew McConaughey: $26.5 million
18. Shah Rukh Khan: $26 million

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