Emma Stone is still reaping the benefits of starring in last year’s popular movie La La Land. A feat that many actresses achieve at a much advanced age, the 28-year-old actress has attained in a remarkable short time. Emma Stone has topped the Forbes highest paid actress list with earnings of $26 million. The bulk of her pay-day has come from the success of her movie-musical La La Land that also starred Ryan Gosling in the lead role. Emma Stone’s portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress and barista garnered rave reviews from the critics as well as the masses and eventually fetched her Academy Award for the Best Actress this year at the Oscars. The film grossed a whopping $445.3 million at the global box office. She beat actresses Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence to take the top spot.

Emma Stone took over from Jennifer Lawrence this year as the latter slipped to a third position with earnings of $24 million. Without any Hunger Games movie releasing this year, Jennifer Lawrence got most of her paycheck from forthcoming Darren Aronofsky thriller Mother!Red Sparrow and Dior endorsement. FRIENDS star Jennifer Aniston held on to her No.2 spot this year as well with earnings of $25.5 million. Her roles in movies like The Yellow Birds and brand endorsements like Emirates Airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno has kept her in the reckoning of the rich and famous. Jennifer Aniston also gained hugely from the sale of the hair-care line Living Proof in which she owned a stake. The brand was sold to Unilever for an undisclosed amount which also added to her coffers.  This mashup of La La Land City of Lights and AR Rahman’s song Vennilavae is mindblowing! (Watch video)

Emma Stone who won the Academy Award this year for her role in La La Land got the highest position on the list with her earnings taken into accordance pretax. However, even though Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone made their debut in Hollywood this year, they failed to make their presence on the list. Harry Potter star Emma Watson is the year’s sole newcomer in the list after her paycheck from the movie Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast became the top-grossing movie of the year so far with $1.26 billion box office collections. Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson movie’s Top 6 Hits and Misses

It is very difficult for women in Hollywood to breach the $20 million mark as female characters fill only 28.7% of all speaking roles in film according to a 2016 study. Women over the age of 40 struggles to get roles and actresses have a tough time breaking the glass ceiling where the male actors are higher paid and get more roles. The success of Wonder Woman at the box office has instilled a hope that more roles would come for a wider range of actresses in the coming years.

(Article Edited By – Vandana Srivastawa)