Scarlett Johansson has been named the highest-grossing female actress in Hollywood, but she’s not overly excited about the top spot accolade. The actress admitted in an interview that it is actually somewhat “disappointing” receiving that title seeing as she was the only woman who even made the top 10 list of highest box office earners.
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The reason for Johansson’s success at the box office involves the part she played in the hit Avengers franchise films on top of a number of other hits that saw her gross more than $3.3 billion. This amount makes her the highest-earning actress of all time and 10th overall.
As Gossip Cop shares, the female in 2nd place is well out of the top 10 in the nineteenth spot, and that placement goes to Cameron Diaz. Out of the top 50 top-grossing actors, only nine women fall within range.
While chatting with Extra about the recent top spot she has been awarded, the actress admitted that learning of her position was certainly bittersweet. Extra shares the beauty’s words while she attended the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual gala in Chicago.
“It’s exciting to be the only woman in this category. It’s kind of disappointing actually to be the only woman in this category. That was a little bit of a surprise to me.”
In addition to being a successful star in Hollywood, Scarlett has managed to be a hands-on mom to her 22-month-old, and keeps her home life a priority as well. Scarlett spoke with Extra about the respect she has for all the working moms out there and notes that it certainly is not an easy task.
“If somebody has the magic recipe for making being a working mom easy, let me know … working moms two thumbs up. [It’s] my absolute greatest joy to change dirty diapers. I usually try to have something on hand to be distracting, a toy, a song, never works by the way, my daughter still hates it, she hates it.”
As GC reminds, Johansson spoke about the issue of the gender pay gap earlier this year in an interview with Cosmopolitan. She reiterated that at a risk of sounding obnoxious, seeing as she is one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars, she is about shedding light on the issue on a larger scale. The publication shares her words that she is set on “addressing [gender equality] as a larger problem,” adding, “It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
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There has been a great deal of attention paid to the issue of unequal pay in Hollywood ever since the Sony hacks revealed some facts about the discrepancy in pay between lead male actors and lead female actors. Jennifer Lawrence, much like Johansson, was sure to speak up on the matter, and even took to penning an essay about the issue. The essay was published by Lena Dunham in her publication, as the Guardian shares.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both. But this is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue … Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
Johansson and Lawrence, both top earners in Hollywood, still are paid substantially less than the leading men playing roles opposite them.
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