Becoming a working actor who makes enough to provide for yourself is a task that is so difficult that the vast majority of people see it as nothing more than a pipe dream. Yet, every year there are people around the world that manage to pull off that impressive feat. Beating those odds alone is incredible enough, but there has to be someone each year that goes above and beyond, to the point that they are the highest paid actress in the world, and that deserves attention. In an effort to celebrate the most powerful actress in the acting world for 2016, we were inspired to put together a list of 15 photos that prove why she is the highest paid actress in the world.
Like always, there was a lot of competition for the spot including the likes of Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson, but one woman reigned supreme. According to the folks over at Forbes, Jennifer Lawrence beat out the woman who took second place, Melissa McCarthy by being paid forty-six million that year. One of the biggest stars alive today, it makes sense to us that Jennifer took home the gold considering she combines rare beauty and acting skills, good enough to net her an Oscar and multiple nominations. Here we’ll be looking at images from some of her most acclaimed performances, and also some photos of her at her at most beautiful, as that clearly plays a part in her fame as well.
In order for a photo to be considered for this list, it needs to feature Jennifer in one form or another but if someone else is present that does not disqualify it from potential inclusion. We are also open to screengrabs from her work as an actress, as in many cases images of actors working become their longest-lasting looks in the pop culture world.
15. X-Men: Apocalypse
The most recent X-Men film that Jennifer appeared in, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include an image from X-Men: Apocalypse. A film in which her character takes a leadership role in the shepherding of younger mutants during their efforts to stand against a powerful mutant, the movie is huge evidence of how big of a star she has become. For those of you who aren’t overly familiar with the world of the X-Men in the comics, Jennifer’s character, Mystique, is a villain who has never been most associated with being a member of the superhero team. In fact, she has often lead a team called the Brotherhood of Mutants that stood in defiance of Xavier’s group. Yet, due to her huge celebrity the powers that be felt the need to revolve the movie, and team, around her to a large degree.
14. GQ Photo
A photo published by GQ and taken by Alasdair McLellan, the magazine came out in 2011 and in the accompanying article focused largely on her work in X-Men: First Class and The Beaver. While the former film did things for her career and the latter film went largely unnoticed, this photo is pretty much impossible to ignore in our minds. Lying on a brown couch while wearing very little, it is enjoyable to see so much of her body on display. Showing off her entire midriff in all its glory, she looks to have a taut and enviable figure. An image that looks very sexy but is able to remain classy, it is obvious that she knew the result of this photoshoot would be arousing to the masses and furthers the narrative of her as an actor on the rise.
A screengrab of Jennifer’s work in the 2015 film Joy, here she looks like someone who looks at home holding a gun, something movie stars are often called upon to do on screen. However, this photo also bolsters the quality that makes her a critic’s darling as the movie this appears in is the furthest thing from a mindless action movie. Focused on the life of Joy Mangano, the woman that created the Miracle Mop, it shows off her tenacious spirit as exemplified by her struggles to get the opportunity to inform the world about her product. Directed by acclaimed director David O. Russell, the man behind several of her most celebrated films, their partnership yet again paid off as Jennifer was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in this film.
A movie that disappointed at the box office, you may be wondering why we included an image of Passengers in this list, and we don’t blame you. There are two reasons why this photo belongs on this list. First off, there is the obvious, she is wearing a vaguely futuristic looking swimsuit and while that is cool and all the best part of that, of course, is that it shows off her body which is something we all can enjoy. However, the main reason why this image belongs here is due to an interesting fact about the promotion of the film itself. A movie that focuses on a character played by Chris Pratt who is clearly the main character, after all, there are large portions of the movie only he is in, it is amazing that Jennifer got billed over him. A major star himself at this point, due to his work in movies like Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, those movies and his role in the movie weren’t enough to get him top billing against Jennifer.
11. Silver Linings Playbook
Pictured here alongside her multiple time co-star Bradley Cooper, the pair are as you see them in Silver Linings Playbook. A four-time nominee at the Academy Awards at the time of this writing, it is this film that actually resulted in her taking home one of those gold statues. A movie that focused on the struggles of a pair of outsiders that had a history of battling mental illnesses, the movie was surprisingly uplifting and fun in parts while also pulling off many dramatic moments. Also, one of the major cogs in the success of the film, and Jennifer Lawrence’s entire career, was the chemistry she and Bradley Cooper share. We’ve already mentioned that the two performers have worked together a lot but it is especially noteworthy that to date all but one of the times she has worked with him Jennifer has received an Oscar nomination.
10. Independent Spirit Awards
A photograph of Jennifer at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, as the name of the awards show implies this annual event is designed to celebrate the best in indie filmmaking. A former two-time nominee at the time, for both Winter’s Bone and Silver Linings Playbook, by this time in her career she had already appeared in two massive franchises. The very fact that she has appeared in two multi-million dollar entities but still was in touch with smaller movies that tell more intimate stories is one of the many reasons why she appeals to almost everyone. Wearing a skin-tight black dress that looks fantastic on her here, she may not have been up for one of the awards handed out that year but she arguably won the red carpet.
9. Vanity Fair Photo
This picture pulls off an awesome feat. Published in Vanity Fair magazine, Jennifer isn’t wearing a stitch of clothing on her body yet none of her naughty bits are on display. While we can’t see any of her private parts directly, they are hugely hinted at, as you can see them rise and fall and this really inspires the viewer’s mind to imagine what is being obscured. Also showing off a combination of side and under boob there is also the look on her face that makes it look like she is prepared to devour someone sexually. This photo is a perfect testament to her ability to look ravishing. Finally, guys are likely to get a kick out of the fact that there is a snake making its way across her body for…. reasons.
8. Academy Awards
When an actor is nominated for an Academy Award, all eyes will be on them as they make their way down the red carpet and it is an opportunity for them to make a huge impression. That is even truer when the person in question is relatively unknown at the time and that was the case for Jennifer Lawrence here when she walked the Oscars’ red carpet in 2010. Up for the Academy Award for Best Actress because of her acting in Winter’s Bone, it was a very down and dirty role but you’d never know it from looking at her here. Dressed in a red dress that did her fit figure complete justice and a huge smile, she looks like a woman who was born to be a star and one of the best-paid actresses ever.
7. X-Men: First Class
We already showed an image of Jennifer in the latest X-Men film and now it is time to show off a photo of her from her debut in the franchise, X-Men First Class. A film that was an effort to rejuvenate the franchise after it had taken a slide with both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the series may have fizzled out for a while if it too was disliked. Clearly successful in its effort, it was a box office success and was roundly embraced by fans of the series. The fact that it was so beloved is all the more impressive when you remember that the actors that made the films a success previously and the most popular character, Wolverine, were largely absent. It is hard to debate that the star power and performance Jennifer gave the film didn’t play a big part in the movie’s popularity.
There is little question that seeing a woman in her swimwear is often an extremely sexy experience for the world. While bikinis are often seen as the more alluring option to wear in the water, looking at Jennifer in this revealing one-piece is pretty much awe-inspiring. Showing off her rear end in great detail, while looking at it, we can only reflect on the idea that it is crazy that her butt doesn’t receive more attention while discussing what makes her hot as hell. However, your gaze is then likely to move to her chest which is shown in profile here and also looks fantastic. An incredibly attractive woman to be sure, it is obvious here that she has a body that just won’t quit and we absolutely love it.
5. Another Academy Awards Appearance
A photo of Jennifer on the red carpet at the 2012 Oscars, she looks enormously elegant here. The night in which she took home the Academy Award for Best Actress in recognition for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, it added greatly to what makes her a star. On the one side, she proved that not only was she worthy of earning nominations at the most respected movie awards show but she also managed to make herself even more likable to many. The reason so many people grew to think of her even more fondly that night was that on her way to the podium she slipped on the stairs and fell forward. In a world in which many celebrities take themselves overly seriously, it was a breath of fresh air to see her take a stumble in stride and laugh at herself which gave everyone else permission to do so too.
4. The Bill Engvall Show
One of the earliest roles in her career, Jennifer Lawrence was either eighteen or nineteen when this image of her was taken. The first time where she played a recurring role in a major production, the show was undoubtedly a major turning point in her career, even if it didn’t turn her into a big star (yet). Appearing in every episode of the show’s three seasons, Jennifer played the eldest daughter of the show’s stars. While the series was never really a big hit, being able to have a major role like that on her resume must have certainly opened a lot of doors to her that would have otherwise been closed.
3. Hot Bikini
A photo from early in Jennifer’s career, this is one of the most overtly sexual images of her we’ve ever been lucky enough to see. A woman that is undoubtedly taken as a serious actor, she has often eschewed taking part in photoshoots for magazines like Maxim or FHM that focus primarily on her body. While looking at an image like this, it is abundantly clear that it’s a shame as it is obvious that she has a body many would want and maybe even more people are happy to salivate over. Wearing a black bikini and looking like she is drenched in either water or sweat, she looks positively radiant and ready for a romp in the bed. Also showing off a fantastic amount of cleavage in her hunched over position, it would take a herculean effort to not smile when looking at her here.
2. American Hustle
Another huge film in the career of Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle again resulted in an Academy Award nomination for her except this is the one time it was as a supporting actress and not the lead. One of the most stylish films of recent years, it revealed that Jennifer would have looked just as good in the fashion of the seventies as she does now. Another unpredictable character that she brought to life under the direction of David O. Russell, it may just be the role that proved once and for all that she has real acting chops and has what it takes to be named the highest paid actress in 2016.
1. The Hunger Games
Jennifer has appeared in a number of films that have done well at the box office and/or been embraced by film critics but there is one series of films that she remains most associated with, The Hunger Games. Based off of a series of young adult novels, the series focuses on Katniss Everdeen, the character she played. A contestant in an annual event in which youngsters are forced to hunt and kill one another, Katniss eventually becomes the symbol of rebellion for the downtrodden in the series. As such, she needed to be portrayed by an actress that possessed enough charisma that audiences could buy into the idea that hordes of humanity would gather behind her. There isn’t any actress we can think of that is better built to play the part than Jennifer and that is the biggest reason why she was the highest paid actress in 2016.