Today it was announced that Emma Stone is officially the highest paid actress in the world, earning $26 million in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period.
This year, Stone beat out both the top Jennifers—Jennifer Aniston, who earned $25.5 million, and former top earner Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $24 million. Most recently, Stone brought home the bacon from the smash hit La La Land, which ruled most 2016 award shows and earned her an Academy Award and Golden Globe. La La Land is only one of so many memorable roles the actor has starred in, making her the Hollywood golden girl she is today.
Here are some of the career highlights that have led Stone straight to the top.
The classic comedy was Stone’s film debut, and her supporting role as Jules was enough to get us hooked on her raw delivery and facial expressions.
Stone’s awkward quirk was in full form in her second major comedy role, alongside Anna Farris. Stone was praised for her supporting role as Natalie, a charmingly dorky sorority president.
This was the first time that we got to see Stone really shine in the spotlight. In the romantic comedy loosely based off The Scarlet Letter, her cheeky performance as Olive achieved many things, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and (possibly) starting the underwear as outerwear trend.
This is now a modern-day rom-com classic and we were obsessed, if not slightly jealous, of Stone’s character Hannah locking down Ryan Gosling’s player character.
Based off the critically acclaimed novel, The Help was Stone’s first serious role as Sketter Phelan—a journalist who wants to tell the stories of African American maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. In this film, we really got to see the depth of Stone’s acting skills as she had us in both laughter and tears throughout.
She won our hearts and found herself a real-life love in Spiderman and costar Andrew Garfield. Stone held her own in the portrayal of Gwen Stacy, bringing both beauty and brains to the table.
After many years and many different roles, Stone fully cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with in what might have been the most talked-about film of 2016. Winning Best Actress at the Oscars and Golden Globes for the acting/singing role of Mia, Stone was the undeniable media darling and critical favourite this year.