Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence's friendship is one of the most valuable in the world—and not just because of their unconditional support for each other. According to Forbes, the two Oscar winners are among 2017's 10 highest-paid actresses in the world, with Stone taking over Lawrence's place at the top of the list.
The magazine reports that most of the $26 million (before fees and taxes) Stone earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, was due to her role in La La Land, which snagged her the Academy Award for Best Actress earlier this year and brought in $445.3 million globally. Forbes also notes that this was Stone's biggest year ever in terms of finances and that her income increased more than that of anybody else on the list. Lawrence, who topped the 2015 and 2016 lists with $52 million and $46 million, respectively, dropped to No. 3 this year, earning "just" $24 million. (The decrease can probably be credited to the absence of any more Hunger Games movies.) Between the two pals is Jennifer Aniston, whose $25.5 million came mostly from her partnerships with Emirates, Smartwater, and Aveeno.
Rounding out the top five are Melissa McCarthy, at $18 million, and Mila Kunis, at $15.5 million. Although Emma Watson was previously considered to be a contender for the top spot due to the massive success of Beauty and the Beast, she took sixth place, matching Charlize Theron's earnings of $14 million. Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts, at $12 million apiece, and Amy Adams, at $11.5 million, finish out the top 10 highest earners. Per Forbes, the list's overall total of $172.5 million is 16 percent less than last year's total of $205 million. Additionally, only three women on this year's list earned more than $20 million, compared with four of last year's top earners.
Luckily for Lawrence, 27, and Stone, 28, it's hardly lonely at the top. Both have previously spoken about their powerful friendship, which they maintain in a group text that includes fellow Best Actress winner Brie Larson. In an interview with Vanity Fair last year, Jen revealed that she and Emma first got to know each other by texting back and forth every day for a year. "I feel like it was our version of The Notebook — 365 texts," she joked, adding, "I love my job. I don't know what I would be without acting. So if there is someone who loves the same thing, it should bring us closer. But it depends on how that person is, and Emma is so normal and lovely." In the same interview, Emma echoed Jen's sentiments. "We both really do love each other and care about each other as people, beyond being actors," she said. "I support her completely when it comes to work and I feel the same from her, but I know we'd be friends even if we didn't do the same job."
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