La La Land – the city and its celluloid namesake – has been very kind to Emma Stone. At just 28 years old, the Hollywood star is this year’s highest-paid actress, banking $26 million pretax in Forbes’ 12 month scoring period.
Stone has her earnings from the movie-musical to thank for the bulk of her payday, which also won her a Best Actress Oscar. Her portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress and barista, garnered rave reviews and goosed the film to $445.3 million at the global box office.
“I moved here when I was 15 to start auditioning, I knew what it felt like to go on audition after audition,” Stone said backstage after accepting her Academy Award, speaking of the similarities between the role and her life. Those auditions have officially paid off: she scored her largest ever annual take-home and is the biggest dollar and percent gainer, year over year, of anyone on the list.
She bests Jennifer Aniston (No. 2; $25.5 million) who continues to bank millions more than a decade after Friends’ conclusion, thanks to regular roles in movies such as The Yellow Birds. But Aniston, 48, makes most of her money by endorsing the likes of Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Hair-care line Living Proof, which she owned a stake in, was sold Unilever for an undisclosed amount in December 2016, adding to Aniston’s bottom line.
Former top-ranked Jennifer Lawrence comes in at No. 3, notching just over half her 2016 total. But don’t worry—she still made $24 million. Without a Hunger Games movie, most of Lawrence’s paychecks came from forthcoming Darren Aronofsky thriller, Mother!, Red Sparrow and a longstanding Dior endorsement. Melissa McCarthy (No. 4; $18 million) and Mila Kunis (No. 5; $15.5 million) round out the top five.
Brit Emma Watson (No. 6) is this year’s sole newcomer after depositing her paycheck for Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $1.26 billion to become the top-grossing movie of the year so far. Though tech drama, The Circle flopped, she managed to make $14 million in our time frame, thanks to the Mouse House.
This year, three women breached the $20 million mark, compared to four women in 2016. Notably absent this year: Scarlett Johansson, who failed to earn above the $11.5 million cut off for this year’s list.