We have now reached the middle of the year and the time has come sum up a bit in economic terms, especially as regards the talented actresses who are distinguishing themselves in this first half of 2023. Cinema and TV series can be a very competitive landscape, in which it is difficult to make a lasting name but when the fruits do happen, they are not long in coming. The faces on this list know it well: between child prodigies and small screen stars, Oscar-winning actresses and performers who have worked hard to get their own Emmy.
So who are the highest paid actresses of 2023 so far? Here is the ranking with the top twenty positions. Did you expect them?
20) Lili Reinhart
Let’s start this ranking of the highest paid actresses right away with a very young face born in 1996.
With a net worth of 6 million dollars, Lili Reinhart is in last place, even if we are talking about extremely high figures. The actress, who became famous with the role of Betty Cooper in the TV series Riverdale, is one of the most popular performers of recent times. Reinhart’s notoriety is not only due to her role within the teen drama of success but also for that soap and water image and the body positivity that the actress is always ready to spread.
19) Nicole Kidman
Oscar winner for Best Actress in 2003 for The Hours, Nicole Kidman is not only one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in 2023 but also one of the most famous.
The Australian star has built a career in cinema since the 1980s, achieving success with roles such as Batman Forever (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) e Red Mill! (2001). Today Nicole Kidman remains one of the best interpreters of her generation, always capable of ranging from serious to more commercial roles with class and elegance.
18) Reese Whiterspoon
Actress but also producer, Reese Witherspoon can count on a considerable fortune thanks to the numerous projects that have seen her involved over the years. The young hopeful she made a name for herself with The revenge of the blondes in 2001, today she is a successful entrepreneur with multiple Emmy and Golden Globe wins. Increasingly active in television, Witherspoon has total assets of approximately 200 million dollars.
17) Maisie Williams
The very young English star – who became famous all over the world for her role as Arya Stark i Game of Thrones – has total assets of about 6 million dollars. Difficult to shake off such an iconic role, yet Williams has been good at testing herself with other types of interpretations: from guest star in the ninth season of Doctor Who up to the role of Wolfsbane in the ill-fated New Mutants.
Although Williams’ success has waned a bit, our Arya remains one of the highest paid actresses of 2023.
16) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus is best known for her role as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld – progenitor of the comedy TV series – and in that of Selina Meyer in the most recent Veep. Just for the second role, Dreyfus won six Emmys in a row for best actress thus breaking every record. To date, the actress is one of the most treasured faces in television and is net worth nearly $200 million.
15) Elisabeth Moss
After a long apprenticeship with the role of Peggy Olson in Mad Menfor which she gained worldwide recognition and received critical acclaim, Moss lands a leading role in The Handmaid’s Tale. In the TV series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, Moss shows all her extraordinary talent, confirming herself as one of the most talented actresses of recent years.
14) Sandra Oh
Another beloved face of the TV series, another actress who after years of playing secondary roles finally gets the space in a show of her own. Alongside Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh stars in Killing Eve, a highly acclaimed TV series in which the two play respectively the psychopathic assassin Villanelle and the MI-5 agent Eve Polastri.
Oh’s assets reach almost 25 million dollars, confirming her as one of the highest paid actresses of the TV series in recent years.
13) Emma Stone
In 2010, the name of Emma Stone comes on everyone’s lips thanks to the role in the film Easy Girl, which quickly became a small cult. After several other roles in romantic comedies such as Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Stone achieves worldwide fame first with The Amazing Spiderman (2012) alongside Andrew Garfield and then definitively with La La Land (2016). The latter also gives her victory at the Oscars in 2017, definitively launching her into the Hollywood Olympus.
12) Jennifer Aniston
An actress who, after all these years, still remains an icon of the serial scene could not be missing from this list. Almost thirty years after the pilot episode of Friends, Jennifer Aniston remains, without a shadow of a doubt, a beloved star on TV as in the cinema (even if not everyone is a fan of Rachel Green’s character). Always very active and dividing herself between various projects, Aniston is currently worth about 300 million dollars.
11) Mayim Bialik
The interpreter of The Big Bang Theory she has built a respectable name within the serial world thanks to the role of Amy Farrah Fowler, a brilliant, witty neuroscientist and one of the few people in the world who knows how to silence the talkative Sheldon. Also, perhaps not everyone knows that Bialik herself has a neuroscience degree from UCLA.
10) Tracee Ellis Ross
Daughter of the famous singer Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross is the first name we find in this top 10 of the actresses of the highest paid TV series of 2023.
Worth $14 million, the actress rose to fame for her role as Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish, alongside comedian Anthony Anderson. In the show which aired from 2014 to 2022, the story of a typical African-American family is told, however, addressing various topics such as government, society and politics with a comical twist.
9) Mariska Hargitay
Like Jennifer Aniston, Mariska Hargitay is also a well-known face to serial lovers. The Hungarian-born American actress is best known for her role as detective Olivia Benson in the procedural drama of Law & Order, one of the longest-running procedurals in the serial world. Together with Chris Meloni, Benson remains, even today, one of the most remembered actresses of a TV series which, over the years, has given life to a real expanded universe.
8) Viola Davis
We are at almost 18 million dollars for Viola Davis, interpreter of the iconic Annalize Keating but not only. How To Get Away With Murder however, it is only the last of the great roles that Davis has given us over the years and which has finally made her known to a larger slice of the public. From The Help a Suicide Squad passing through Barriere, Viola Davis has demonstrated in film after film that she is a complete and multifaceted actress.
7) Sarah Jessica Parker
In 1998 it aired, for the first time, Sex & the Cityan HBO TV series destined not only to remain imprinted in the history of television but to launch the career of its young protagonist. As Carrie Bradshaw, Parker rises to prominence as both a television star and an undisputed style icon.
6) Kerry Washington
With Kerry Washington we go up to 23 million dollars. In 2012, the American actress wins the favor of the public before her thanks to her participation in the film by Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained and then for the role of Olivia Pope in Scandal. This last project, produced by Shonda Rhimes, consecrates Washington as a character loved by the television audience, marking a small revolution until that finale in 2018.
5) Scarlett Johansson
The former child prodigy of kilometers has grinded several. Scarlett Johansson’s first film dates back to 1994 with Parents wanted. Since then, the actress has been a muse for Woody Allen, star of small cult films such as The Prestige e The other woman of the king and, of course, the iconic Black Widow in the MCU. The star is therefore placed in fifth position with assets of about 25 million dollars in 2023.
4) Mindy Kaling
Let’s go up to 30 million for Mindy Kaling, who has always been a door opener for the Indian community in the American film world. The actress, best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor in The Office achieves further notoriety, as well as critical acclaim, for The Mindy Project. In the TV series that the actress herself created and wrote, Kaling also plays the role of the protagonist.
3) Ellen Pompeo
Impossible not to know one of the most iconic faces of contemporary seriality, even if only by hearsay. Because, let’s face it, Ellen Pompeo is, to all intents and purposes, a pillar of the American television landscape, one of those that are difficult to scratch and which, in fact, in 2023 still manages to place itself on the podium.
On the podium of the highest paid actresses we therefore find her in third position with about 35 million dollars in net earnings.
2) Kaley Cuoco
By a hair’s breadth, Kaley Cuoco falls short of the top of the list of highest paid actresses with her 40 million dollars.
Became famous for the role of Penny in the comedy The Big Bang Theory, the American actress of Italian origins has managed to go beyond the image that had been sewn on her with the cult comedy. As? Thanks to an equally valid show in which Cuoco was able to show another side of her talent: The Flight Attendant.
1) Sofia Vergara
Here we are, therefore, at the top of the ranking of the highest paid actresses of 2023.
Here we find a name and a face that is undoubtedly surprising but certainly not unknown to the TV series audience. In first position, with no less than 50 million dollars, is therefore Sofia Vergara, interpreter of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the twelve seasons of Modern Family. The Colombian actress is, incredible but true, the highest paid of 2023, surpassing many illustrious colleagues.