Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansson top Forbes list of highest-paid actors, actresses

Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansson top Forbes list of highest-paid actors, actresses

Dwayne Johnson, more popularly known as ‘The Rock’ and Scarlett Johansson are the highest-paid actor and actress, respectively according to Forbes. Bo

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Dwayne Johnson, more popularly known as ‘The Rock’ and Scarlett Johansson are the highest-paid actor and actress, respectively according to Forbes. Both actors are dominating this list for the third consecutive year. The data for the list summarized the on-screen and off-screen earnings between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

The 47-year-old former World Wrestling Champion earned a whopping $89.4 million before taxes while the 35-year-old star of ‘The Avengers’ was paid $56 million.

As the gender pay gap has been a hot topic in Hollywood in recent years, it is still very evident according to these numbers as Johansson would be eighth on the male list behind Adam Sandler at $57 million.

When added up cumulatively, the top 10 actors nearly doubled the pay of their female counterparts as they earned nearly $600 million combined while the top 10 actresses made a total of $315 million.

Here are the top 10 Forbes list of 10 highest-paid actors 

  1. Will Smith: $35 million
  2. Paul Rudd: $41 million
  3. Chris Evans: $43.5 million
  4. Adam Sandler: $57 million (tie)
  5. Bradley Cooper: $57 million (tie)
  6. Jackie Chan: $58 million
  7. Akshay Kumar: $65 million
  8. Robert Downey Jr.: $66 million
  9. Chris Hemsworth: $76.4 million
  10. Dwayne Johnson: $89.4 million

Forbes list of 10 highest-paid actresses 

  1. Ellen Pompeo: $22 million
  2. Charlize Theron: $23 million
  3. Margot Robbie: $23.5 million
  4. Elisabeth Moss: $24 million
  5. Kaley Cuoco: $25 million
  6. Jennifer Aniston: $28 million
  7. Nicole Kidman: $34 million
  8. Reese Witherspoon: $35 million
  9. Sofia Vergara: $44.1 million
  10. Scarlett Johansson: $56 million

There was a near $12 million drop-off from Johansson to the second talent on the actress list as Sofia Vergara was paid $44.1 million over that period.

Many of the actresses are making strides to close-in on the pay gap by producing their own projects including Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon. In fact seven of the top 10 highest-earning actresses of 2019 were producers of their own projects according to Forbes.