Ver­gara, Cuoco, Kal­ing top ‘Forbes’ list of high­est-paid ac­tresses on TV


Mod­ern Fam­ily and Big Bang The­ory still have some big num­bers be­hind their casts.

Forbes mag­a­zine re­leased its an­nual list of the high­est-paid TV ac­tresses on Wed­nes­day, and for the sec­ond year in a row the top two names on the list come from net­work TV. Sofia Ver­gara, who plays Glo­ria on Mod­ern Fam­ily, topped the list (for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year) with earn­ings of $43 mil­lion, al­though the mag­a­zine noted that her role on the show was only part of her in­take, which in­cluded in­come from var­i­ous en­dorse­ment and li­cens­ing deals. Ka­ley Cuoco took in a cool $24.5 mil­lion, al­most en­tirely for her work as Penny on The Big

Bang The­ory, where she, along with her male co-stars, makes $1 mil­lion per episode. Round­ing out the top five are Mindy Kal­ing at No. 3 (up from No. 9 last year) with $15 mil­lion. Mariska Har­gi­tay of Law and Or­der: SVU and Ellen Pom­peo of Grey’s Anatomy tied for fourth with $14.5 mil­lion each.

New ad­di­tions to the top 15 in­clude Bol­ly­wood phe­nom Priyanka Cho­pra, who made her U.S. TV de­but with Quan­tico on ABC. She hit No. 8 on the list with $11 mil- lion. Also new is for­mer Cas­tle star Stana Katic, at No. 7 with $12 mil­lion. Long-time TV star Ju­lia Louis-Drefyus made her de­but on the list (which was launched af­ter her days on Se­in­feld) at No. 13. The lists for the high­est­paid ac­tor and ac­tress on the film side raised eye­brows over the high gen­der gap be­tween the male and fe­male lists. Top fe­male earner Jen­nifer Lawrence’s $46 mil­lion amounts to 72% of top male earner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s in­come and would only have placed her sixth among the men. On the TV side, as Forbes notes, there is slightly less dis­crep­ancy as TV casts of­ten ne­go­ti­ate their salaries to­gether. The mag­a­zine pointed to Cuoco and Ver­gara, who make salaries eq­ui­table to their male co-stars, as an ex­am­ple of this. Ka­ley Cuoco took in $24.5 mil­lion, mostly for her work as Penny on The Big Bang The­ory.

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