Forbes has released the highest-paid actresses 2020, focusing on the exuberant amount of money involved in showbiz, this one, focusing on the highest-earning actresses. The outlet noticed that 2020 had been an odd year for actors‘ paychecks because of theatre closures, as stars often earn bonuses based on commercial success.
Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara tops our new ranking of the world’s highest-paid actresses with $43 million, as the TV star led a surge of small-screen paydays that eclipsed those in the movie business.
Hollywood veteran Angelina Jolie ($35 million) and Red Notice star Gal Gadot ($31 million) come in second and third.
Here Are The Highest Paid Actresses 2020
10. Viola Davis: $15.5 million
Davis makes a list for the first time thanks to seven-figure checks from her roles like Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder and Ma Rainey in Netflix’s film adaption of the August Wilson play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
9. Elisabeth Moss: $16 million
Hulu paid her $1 million per episode to star in the dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale. She shared the profits of Invisible Man, a surprise hit that cost just $7 million and grossed $134.3 million.
8. Ellen Pompeo: $19 million
After a contract renegotiation in 2017, Pompeo earns about $550,000 per episode for her starring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She reportedly adds about $6 million a year from her share of syndication profits.
7. Nicole Kidman: $22 million
Kidman will join Streep in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom on Netflix, which will pay her an eight-figure upfront salary. She will earn about $1 million per episode for her upcoming miniseries on HBO, The Undoing.
6. Emily Blunt: $22.5 million
The first A Quiet Place grossed $341 million on a $17 million budget, and Blunt negotiated an eight-figure upfront salary on the sequel, due out next year. Her role in Jungle Cruise will earn her a check in the high seven figures.
5. Meryl Streep: $24 million
The screen legend joined director Steven Soderbergh for the comedy Let Them All Talk, which was sold to HBO Max for $33 million. Streep’s cut of the action: at least $5 million. The rest came from The Prom and last year’s Little Women.
4. Melissa McCarthy: $25 million
The comedic actress stars in two streaming films directed by husband Ben Falcone—one on HBO Max and one on Netflix—and hosts NBC’s Little Big Shots. Next year: her role as Ursula in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
3. Gal Gadot: $31.5 million
With Wonder Woman 1984 on ice, Gadot turned to Netflix, collecting $20 million for her Red Notice role. It’s a steep price, insiders say, but a tiny part of the streamer’s $17 billion content budget.
2. Angelina Jolie: $35.5 million
One of the few actresses on the list to pocket nearly all of her money from traditional films, Jolie’s biggest paycheck comes from her starring role in The Eternals, the upcoming Marvel movie with a $200 million budget.
1. Sofia Vergara: $43 million
Vergara concluded her run on ABC’s Modern Family and began her tenure as a judge on America’s Got Talent. She pads those earnings with endorsement and licensing deals, including a line of jeans at Walmart and furniture at Rooms To Go. Vergara is The Highest Paid Actresses 2020