There are some actresses that make a lot of money and you can understand why. They possess depth of character and really embody the roles they take. There are others who are connected to the right role at the right time, catapulting them, to levels of success beyond their years in the industry. There are some who appear to have neither earned their stripes nor been associated with blockbuster films, but still enjoy coveted salaries.
The 2014 list of top paid actresses is filled with women who have honed their craft and earned a spot through skill and ability. Here are the top ten highest paid actresses in 2014:
10. Mila Kunis ($7m)
Since 1995 Mila Kunis has been onscreen with seasoned veterans like Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. She holds her own and stands out above the pack instead of shrinking into the background. Her impressive filmography – 26 titles long – is filled with movies we can all call up from memory like “The Book of Eli” and “Date Night”.
9. Scarlett Johansson ($8m)
Scarlett Johansson came on the scene in 1994 and never stopped climbing to the top. Forty movies later, she is still going strong. In 2015 she will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
8. Natalie Portman ($11m)
It’s a long way from “Mars Attacks” to “Black Swan” but Natalie Portman made it look easy. This actress is consistently good in her movies and has been rewarded for it by winning the Academy, Golden Globe, and MTV Movie awards
7. Sandra Bullock ($14m)
From “Speed” to “Miss Congeniality” Sandra Bullock has endeared audiences. She is one of those actresses that everybody knows and that everybody likes in at least one movie she has been involved with. She is timeless and a well deserved addition to this list.
6. Charlize Theron ($15m)
Charlize Theron brings a lot to the table. She is an accomplished actress with titles like “The Devil’s Advocate” and “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” under her belt, and a producer. This South African American superstar embodied the character of Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film “Monster” in a way that few other actresses could.
5. Emma Stone ($16m)
Some actresses just love to work. They love to dive into a new role and sort out all the pieces. Emma Stone is one of them. With 19 movies under her belt since her film debut in 2007, Emma has been on the silver screen at least twice a year… every year. She has won several awards including the MTV, Satellite, and the Women’s Film Critics Circle award
4. Kristen Stewart ($22m)
Most known by her role as Bella in “The Twilight” movie series, Kristen Stewart is no stranger to the silver screen. Starting her career in 1999, Stewart learned the ropes at an early age, but from behind the camera. Coming from a family of people who worked behind the camera, Stewart never thought she would take on an acting role. But then the acting bug bit her when she performed in a school play. After auditioning, taking no speaking parts, and working her way up in the industry, Kristen got into a groove. Relative fame from movies like “Panic Room”, “Undertow”, and “Zathura” came soon, as did nominations for awards like the Young Artist and Screen Actor’s Guild awards, but the role that would catapult her top super stardom didn’t come until 2008. Isabella Swan, or Bella as the character is most commonly known, is synonymous with Stewart… it is almost as if the role was written specifically for her. Stewart reprised this role two times in the series and won several awards including MTV and Teen Choice.
3. Jennifer Lawrence ($26m)
This 23-year-old first came onto the movie scene ion 2008 after moderate television success. In her first role as Tiff in the movie “Garden Party”, Lawrence showed signs of super stardom. Lawrence went on to act in 6 more movies before landing the role that made everyone take notice: Raven Darkholme/Mystique in “X-Men: First Class” (2011). She graced the screen soon thereafter as Katniss Everdeen in the first installment of “The Hunger Games”, a role she will reprise for the last two of the series. Jennifer Lawrence has won a host of awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Award, four Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, and an Academy award. It’s no wonder she was named Associated Press’ 2013“Entertainer of the Year”
2. Jennifer Aniston ($28m)
Blockbuster hits dot her resume. Movies like “Office Space”, “Bruce Almighty”, and “Horrible Bosses” keep Jennifer Aniston in our sights. Unlike many after the success of a television show, she has remained relevant. She now expands her talent to theater and producing as well.
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1. Angelina Jolie ($30m)
With a filmography that lists over 30 movies since 1982, including the likes of “Beowolf”, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, it’s no wonder that Angelina Jolie tops this list. She is one of the actresses of our time that simply has presence. Since she decided to pursue acting in her teens, she has displayed an inherent quality about her performances that is second to none. Some may recall her moving portrayal of Gia Carangi, a supermodel who died of complications related to AIDS. Even then Jolie showed her prowess. Angelina Jolie has been the recipient of many awards, including Golden Globe and People’s Choice
Doing well and being a good performer are what these women have in common. A dedication to their craft that many don’t experience is what sets them above the rest. Just a quick glimpse into the resumes of these stellar actresses reveals how hard they have worked, the challenges they have experienced, and the hurdles they had to overcome to get where they are. And they re still at it. Many of these actresses have movies scheduled for 2014 and some have them as far out as mid 2015. The viewing audience anxiously awaits their upcoming performances.