Unbelievably, Kristen Stewart Is Now the Top-Earning Actress in Hollywood

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Kristen StewartI recently confessed that I was starting to come around on Kristen Stewart. I have never particularly cared for her in the Twilight series, but I'm liking her more and more now that she's moving on from the franchise.

HOWEVER. While I'm beginning to tentatively agree with the rest of her rabid fanbase that Stewart may in fact be more talented and interesting than I originally gave her credit for, I don't think I'm quite ready for the news that according to Forbes, she is officially the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

She beat out Meryl Streep, people. Of course, she also beat out Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston, so clearly this sort of list isn't necessarily an indicator of acting ability, but STILL.

I guess it seems obvious that Kristen Stewart would be a hot financial commodity, given the fact that she's been starring in one of the biggest blockbuster series of all time, but I'm still sort of blown away that she's at the very top of the list. At just 22 years old, she earned more between May 2011-May 21012 than Forbes list regulars Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, and Jennifer Aniston.

Apparently Stewart is a hell of a smart cookie when it comes to capitalizing on her irreplaceable status as Bella Swan, because she reportedly demanded (and received) $12.5 million for both of the last two Twilight films, as well as a chunk of the profits. Her most recent film hasn't exactly been a box office bomb, either -- Snow White and the Huntsman raked in more than $123 million at the box office in under three weeks.

Pretty amazing, really. Regardless of what you think of her performance as Bella (to my eyes, her repertoire mostly includes lots of lower lip licking/biting and frowning), Kristen Stewart's success as a movie star is fairly undeniable.

The interesting thing about being in this sort of salary bracket is that she's now faced with a couple of options as an actress. She can either continue to try and make tons of cash by taking lucrative-but-shitty roles (see also: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker), or she can use her wealth as a cushion that allows her to gamble on riskier, more rewarding movies.

Personally, I hope she goes with Option #2, because I think she's got plenty of potential. And now that she's got all these millions, she can probably hire an acting coach to help with that lip biting:

Are you surprised that Kristen Stewart is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood right now?

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Dai Tuttle Morehouse

Maybe someone should show her this Video. Maybe acting classes so she can become an adult :)


Christine Tait

I still think she is a terrible actress.  I avoid movies that she is in, which is sad because I LOVE the Twilight books.

nicol... nicole2884

i too was questioning her acting skills untill i saw her in Snow White recently , she did a great job in that movie, she can do more then clumsy bella

vulca... vulcanarcher

Honestly, why is this so unbelievable?  She may not be the best actress out there, but it doesn't mean that she's stupid.  She was smart enough to pick roles that have blockbuster appeal as well as roles that showcase her acting abilities.  She was smart enough to figure out that Bella Swan was a character that woud be able to open different doors for her.

val.i... val.in.cali

This is great news. I don't know what everyone is complaining about now she can get some acting lessons and and buy some new emotions.

nonmember avatar Guest

The reporting on this list by websites is so far from factual! First, Stewart isn't the highest paid actress, just the one that made the most during the period Forbes counted May 2011-May 2012. The highest paid actress would be the one who makes the most per film. Stewart had several film salaries counted to earn the top spot, while others had only one film, or none at all...

Two of the other actresses on the list (Aniston and Jolie) actually didn't film any films during this period and therefore earned their money and places on the list simply from residuals, back-end pay and commercial endorsements (both their projects that were released during the time period were counted in the previous year). So Jolie and Aniston earned $20 and $11 million, respectively, without having to film one project.

I wish sites reporting on this would take the time to read Forbes' calculating methods!

tnyangel tnyangel

Ok, not her fault on the lip bite. It is ALL OVER those books. And for Kristen Stewart, only time will tell, but at this moment, I would bet big on her. I've seen some of her earlier Indie work, kid just keeps getting better all the time.

nonmember avatar Fab

And here I was, going to college, getting my Eng degree and working 10 - 12 hours daily to pay a decent house and a possible vacations per year with my husband... makes you think, maybe I should have spent all those hours in the gym and partying in stead of the University laboratory.

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