We all know that the fantasy land of television and movies plays by a different set of rules than the rest of the business world. An actor is approached for a role in television or a movie and the negotiations begin. Pay checks vary from actor to actor; but, the bottom line is the same. The financial arrangements for the top ten Hollywood stars boggles our minds, as we compare their earnings to our own. Nothing comes close, does it? It's hard to accept that a star goes to her local bank and cashes a check for twenty million dollars. Granted, a film can take two or three years to create from start to finish; but who amongst us could not live on 20 mil? Even if the actress is traveling to remote parts of the world, we're pretty sure the expenses are covered by the production company, not the star. So, let's take a closer look at what the ladies of our dreams earn -- we'll work from ten to number one...
10 - Starting with the tenth top earner, we look at one of our favourite girl-next-door with the million dollar smile, Jennifer Aniston. Except her smile is worth slightly more than that. Let's try nine million. That is what we said. 9 mil. While her bankability has yet to be proved -- and that is an unmistakably large hurder to overcome, Aniston is toplining films with some of the industry's biggest stars. Even if 'Derailed' didn't stay on track with the numbers or the critics, she's cranking out the movies. Whether they make money at the box office or not, we're pretty sure dvd sales and rentals will keep Jennifer in the lap of luxury for years to come. The tabloids love her and the former 'Friends' star has the ability to charm with that adorable face and hot bod!
9 - It never hurts a star's value when an Oscar is involved and Charlize Theron has proved that. When Theron packed on the pounds and married herself to the mind of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster," she walked away with the Oscar for best actress. Deservedly so. Her performance was stellar. And, now commands a hefty paycheck well above the 10 million mark. What man alive didn't love her in 'Aeon Flux'. Did anyone notice the movie was not her best role? Did anyone care? She poured herself into that character and the outfits. A little cgi didn't hurt and off we go, making Charlize a serious contender for all of her future roles. She has the ability to change her looks and her style and we predict her earning capacity is on its way up!
8 - Jodie Foster has been acting forever. Her pixie good looks make her a box office attraction and age has not swayed her into taking just any role. She's commanding and getting 10 to 12 million per film and the lady is choosy. In an industry, where many females try to get as many films as they can while they're young and desirable, Jodie is somewhat of an anomaly. She picks her roles carefully and is unafraid of taking time away from the spotlight. While others fret over their next role, Jodie doesn't seem worried at all. She is box - office candy and certainly draws crowds, which translates into money for the studios and theatres.
7 - Cameron Diaz, who warmed the cockles of our hearts with her twice-successful role in 'Charlie's Angels', was one of the first to command $20 million. Her earning potential remains quite significant, bringing her in at the 10 - 15 million per movie, even if it's no longer as high as what she got paid for 'Charlie's Angels'. Not bad for the 'dumb blond' roles she tends to accept. Families still fawn over her as the voice of Fiona in Shrek. She's struggling a bit now, poor little star, as 'In Her Shoes' did not make it big at the box office. The fluff movie probably did better in dvd sales and rentals; but, that doesn't deter Cameron, who, we are sure, will recoup and get back on her feet with future roles.
6 - This woman has a set of lips that make men go wild with lust. Angelina Jolie has the distinction of beauty, brains, and a relationship with Brad Pitt, another heartthrob actor. She's another one who can command 10 - 15 million per movie contract and it doesn't hurt that her life is played out in the tabloids. We're pretty sure the newsworthy actress' value goes up every time she gets a tattoo, has a baby or appears in public with Brad. 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' had the distinction of being a top earner at $185 million when it was released. No one knows why because the movie itself was a boring collage of Jolie and Pitt's bland portrayal of two spies who fool each other into thinking they are something else. Perhaps the draw was watching two beautiful people, rather than their acting abilities; but, it hasn't hurt her earning capacity, which is on the rise.
5 - Renee Zellweger, an Oscar winning multi-faceted actress, has the capacity to play both comedic and dramatic roles, commanded a whopping 21 million dollars for her role as Bridget Jones, in the second installment 'Edge of Reason'. The first Bridge Jones had greater impact on audience revenue, but it played well internationally, so who cares from where the money comes, as long as it rolls in. She was fine, very fine playing opposite Russell Crowe in 'Cinderalla Man'. We think it's one of her best performances, even though she wasn't nominated for that particular movie. She did win an Oscar for her very profound performance in 'Cold Mountain', which makes her an extremely viable actress who can ask for and receive the 10-15 million dollars per movie role.
4 - Drew Barrymore, descended from a line of Barrymores, born into a family of actors, is a child star-turned box office diva and is as much at home in front of the camera as she is wearing her producer's hat. A year doesn't pass without Drew acting in a movie. We've all watched her grow up into a lovely, surprisingly talented actress, whose ability to play her characters commands more than 15 million dollars per film. Whether she's playing a perpetual amnesiac in '50 First Dates' or co-stars in 'Fever Pitch', Drew has proven her durability and reliability over and over again. 'Charlies' Angels' was a perfect role for her and we believe that she will be making some serous bucks for a long time to come.
3 - One of the hottest stars to make the climb to the top is the darling of films, Reese Witherspoon. From chick flick movies like 'Sweet Home Alabama' to 'Just like Heaven' to her most serious role to date as June Carter in 'Walk the Line, Reese has shown the world that she has dimension, a sense of humour and the ability to earn more tha 15 million per film. Her role as June Carter earned her an Oscar, deservedly so. And, her sweet, down home Southern charm, her perfectionist ways doesn't hurt as she slides into character, both before and after she cashes the check. Look for Reese to keep appearing as a leading actress for years to come. The girl has some depth and is showing her talent with every film she makes.
2 - Australia's Nicole Kidman is easily comfortable playing a witch in 'Practical Magic'. From there, she will go on to win an Oscar for Best Actress in the hit movie 'The Hours'. A very diverse actress, comfortable in comedy and drama and horror, Nicole is number two when it comes to revenues per film. She has built a reputation on taking risky roles and accepting smaller fees just for the chance to challenge herself; but, that doesn't mean she turns down the hefty paychecks. She was paid a tidy 17.5 million for the critical favourite political drama 'The Interpreter' and she earned 16 million for the sci-fi movie, 'The visiting'. Complicated as a person, challenging as an actress, Nicole Kidman does it all. And, gets paid big bucks for doing so.
1 - You guess it. We knew you would. Julia Robers, in spite of taking time off to have twins, commands the highest salary per movie. This is the 20 million dollar girl and is perceived as the highest paid actress in Hollywood. While limiting her roles these days, so she can play Mommy, the Oscar-winning actress is going to try her hand on Broadway with 'Three Days of Rain'. She also took time to be the title character in 'Charlotte's Web', so we know she's not finished yet. With her unusual looks and too-wide smile, Julia hands in a flawless performance in whatever role she takes on. She's beautiful in an unusual way. There's no denying her capacity to act, especially when she won her Best Leading Actress Academy for her portrayal in 'Erin Brockovich'. She's come a long way since 'Pretty Woman' and 'Runaway Bride' and is getting very close to runaway paychecks!
These actresses are wealthy, beautiful, multi-talented and sure fire winners when it comes to Hollywood respect which, as we all know, respects most the almighty paycheck! We've got plenty for you to look at, as you drool over their great looks and dream about each and every one of them rolling in the dough. What we've got is yours to download, keep on your hard drive, share with anyone you want. Beauty, brains and a healthy bank account, super bods. Check it out now. You won't be sorry!