Hollywood exclusive: 11 highest paid actresses of 2022

Who is the highest paid actress 2022? Julia Roberts, Gal Gadot, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Lawrence all appear on this list of highest paid actresses of 2022 in Hollywood. 

There have been discussions about the gender pay gap, and even in the entertainment industry, it still exists. While this article has no political direction, it is worth noting that the women on this list have also made some cool money while doing their job to perfection.

See our list of highest paid actresses 2022 and tell us in the comment section what you think.

11 highest paid actress 2022

Highest paid actress 2022

11. Natalie Portman ($1 million) for Thor: Love and Thunder

For her role as Jane Foster (and Mighty Thor) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Thor: Love and Thunder, Natalie Portman allegedly made $1 million. Some sources claim that she made slightly less than a million bucks. This detail is quite shocking, and we hope that when Marvel does confirm the payday checks the actors received, we will find that Portman’s pay is higher. In contrast, her co-star and the film’s lead, Chris Hemsworth (who is undoubtedly a bigger star), reportedly made $20 million for his role. Also, considering that the film’s budget is $250 million, we find it hard that the female star did not make more than a million dollars, even with the heavy investment in VFX and CGI.

10. Anya Taylor-Joy ($1.8 million) for The Northman and Babylon

Variety article reported that Anya Taylor-Joy was paid $1 million+ for her part in the epic historical action thriller film The Northman. With a budget of about $80 million and co-stars like Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman on the same payroll, it does not feel like the actress was slighted. In addition, it bombed at the Box Office, so it was not a really successful outing for the Queen’s Gambit star and one she would likely hope to forget soon. However, she also played parts in two other movies in 2022, with her Babylon role earning her $450,000.

9. Nicole Kidman ($2 million) for The Northman

Sources say that Nicole Kidman made a little bit more than Anya for their parts in The Northman. Suppose this info turns out to be true. In that case, you should not be too surprised, as Kidman is a household name with several notable awards, including an Oscar, two Emmys, and several Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Likely, she earned the highest after the lead actor Alexander, who did lots of the heavy lifting.

Highest paid actress 2022
Highest paid actress 2022

8. Jamie Lee Curtis ($3.5 million) for Everything Everywhere All at Once and Halloween Ends

Jamie Lee Curtis played an IRS inspector named Deirdre Beaubeirdre in the absurdist comedy-drama film Everything Everywhere All at Once. While she may not have been paid much, as the overall budget was $25 million, it contributed to bumping up her acting earnings for the year. Then, reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the slasher horror film Halloween Ends ensures that the actress can close the year on a high note.

7. Emily Blunt ($4 million) for Oppenheimer

Emily Blunt got the nod to play Katherine Oppenheimer in the Oppenheimer biographical movie coming in 2023. According to sources close to the project, she received an upfront payment of $4 million. With Christopher Nolan at its helm and a budget of $100 million, it is not so surprising that Blunt gets to be paid so much. The rest of the cast is also made up of big names like Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, and others. The fanfare for this project is like nothing we have seen recently, and we can’t wait to watch the magic unfold on the large screen.

6. Gal Gadot ($4 million to $5 million) for Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile, for some reason, could not replicate the Box Office success of its prequel Murder on the Orient Express. This failure occurred despite paying Gal Gadot between $4 million and $5 million to appear in the film. With an ensemble of movie big-names that would make the above-mentioned Nolan’s Oppenheimer look like an ordinary movie, it is not clear why Death on the Nile failed to do well.

5. Millie Bobby Brown ($10 million) for Enola Holmes 2

Netflix is making a big bet on their star girl Millie Bobby Brown as they agreed to pay her $10 million upfront for starring in the sequel of the young adult fiction movie Enola Holmes 2, according to Pop Culture. The production arm of the streaming company has not released its budget for the film. However, with Henry Cavill, David Thewlis, and Helena Bonham Carter making appearances, we can only imagine how much they would be spending on payment to the cast alone.

4. Julia Roberts ($12 million) for Ticket to Paradise

Apart from appearing as Georgia in Ticket to Paradise, Hollywood’s biggest star of the 21st century, Julia Roberts also serves as the movie’s producer. She would allegedly be paid $12 million for her part in the romantic comedy, starring opposite George Clooney. As one of the highest paid actress 2022 entrants, Roberts is reestablishing her claim at the top. Her name on the film’s cover with George Clooney’s is undoubtedly enough to sell enough tickets to recoup the money they were paid.

Hollywood exclusive: 11 highest paid actress 2022 | Millie Bobby Brown, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy
Hollywood exclusive: 11 highest paid actress 2022

3. Margot Robbie ($12.5 million) for Amsterdam and Babylon

Margot Robbie is taking part in some big upcoming projects, and while her Barbie movie is still almost a year away, she has already made over $12 million in 2022 thanks to her roles as Valerie in the period comedy-drama movie Amsterdam and Nellie LaRoy in period epic Babylon. In Amsterdam, she features alongside an ensemble cast of Christian Bale, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alessandro Nivola, Rami Malek, and Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, she, Brad Pitt, Olivia Wilde, and Tobey Maguire star in Babylon. We don’t know how much the makers put into the Amsterdam project (we are guessing a lot), but the budget for Babylon is $110 million.

2. Jennifer Lawrence (unspecified) for Causeway

It is not clear how much Jennifer Lawrence will make for starring in the psychological drama film Causeway, but her last time out in the 2021 comedy Don’t Look Up, she was paid $25 million. So, she will likely earn around the same amount in her role as Lindsay. Additionally, while we don’t know the movie’s budget, there is a large money injection, which we inferred from the fact that Apple acquired the distribution right for its streaming platform. Jennifer Lawrence just has to be on the highest paid actress 2022 list.

1. Sandra Bullock ($20 million+) for The Lost City and Bullet Train

Sources say that Sandra Bullock made $20 million from playing Loretta Sage and Dr. Angela Lovemore in the action-adventure comedy movie The Lost CityAs if that does not automatically make her the highest paid actress 2022, she also featured in the action comedy movie Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt. However, we are not yet certain how much she was paid for the movie as the overall budget is said to be $90 million, which Bullock and Pitt’s normal take home would significantly reduce. So long as she didn’t do the movie for free, adding whatever she made from it puts her at the top of this list.


Of course, the list of the highest paid actress 2022 seems smaller when you compare it to what their male colleagues are making in the same period. However, since this is showbiz, gender may not be the main determining factor here.

As we found, actors determine their pay, most times by themselves through negotiations. In addition, the value of an actor depends on how big of an audience the star can pull. So, fame comes into play as well as the kind of project that the actor is getting into.

Let’s know what you think about this list.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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