Viola Davis Is 10th Highest Paid Actress For 2020
When it comes to the top-paid actresses for the year, Viola Davis is rounding out the top 10.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” star ranks 10th at $15.5 million on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actresses list for 2020.
This is her first time on the list, and it comes after her iconic role as Annalise Keating on the popular NBC series, as well as her role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will be released on Dec. 18.
She’s the only black actress who made the list as Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie, Gal Gadot, Melissa McCarthy, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Nicole Kidman, Ellen Pompeo, and Elisabeth Moss hold the top 9 spots respectively.
The ranking comes during the conversation of black actresses demanding to be paid what they’re worth, especially when it comes to what their white counterparts make.
Viola Davis previously spoke on being compared to Meryl Streep, who is fifth on the list with $24 million.
She said earlier this year:
“I got the Oscar, I got the Emmy, I got the two Tonys. I’ve done Broadway, I’ve done off-Broadway, I’ve done TV, I’ve done film, I’ve done all of it. I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver – they all came out of Yale, they came out of Julliard, they came out of NYU, they had the same path as me. And yet, I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”
“But I have to get on that phone and people say ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep. There’s no one like you.’ Okay, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth!”
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