The Hollywood pay gap has been revealed once again this year and the results are still disappointing. Forbes released their annual list which showed women in Hollywood are still being paid far less than their male counterparts.
In fact there was not a female name in sight, until you get to number 15 which went to Emma Stone.
Emma Stone earned $26 million ($35 million NZ) in the last year making her the highest earning female. However, this was still a lot less than many male actors who have been in less successful movies including- Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg, Vin Diesel, Jackie Chan, and many more.
Another thing that I found very VERY shocking was the highest paid actor which went to Mark Wahlberg. He earned a total of $68 million ($93 million NZ) this year. Apparently this is due to his success with yet another Transformers film which came out in the past year.
19 male stars earned $15 million ($20 million NZ) last year, while only five women made the same amount.
Again this raises questions of women in popular culture and the Hollywood attitude towards women. One interesting fact about the list is that in the top 10 earning females the oldest is Julia Roberts at 49 years old, where as all but three of the top 10 men are over the age of 50.
It seems to me that while most other industries are making strides in equal pay and gender equality the Hollywood pay gap is still alive and well.
The top 20 earners in Hollywood:
- Mark Wahlberg $68 million
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson $65 million
- Vin Diesel $54.5 million
- Adam Sandler $50.5 million
- Jackie Chan $49 million
- Robert Downey Jr $48 million
- Tom Cruise $43 million
- Shah Rukh Khan $38 million
- Salman Khan $37 million
- Akshay Kumar $35.5 million
- Chris Hemsworth $31.5 million
- Tom Hanks $31 million
- Samuel L. Jackson $30.5 million
- Ryan Gosling $29 million
- Emma Stone $26 million
- Jennifer Aniston $25.5 million
- Jennifer Lawrence $24 million
- Ryan Reynolds $21.5 million
- Matt Damon $21 million
- Jeremy Renner $19 million