If any woman wants to truly empower themselves, taking a role on hit television show is truly key. Why? Because with time and age, the actresses get what they merit. Staying dedicated to one show could earn an actress way more than a movie role ― for all the females out there considering acting, try your faith on a television show. And that is exactly what Emmy winner Julianna Margulies did as Alicia Florrick on the American drama series The Good Wife. The show ended in 2016 but left her with a hefty paycheque of $10.5 million.
You do not have to love drama to love the girl boss herself, Kerry Washington. Honestly, her acting on Scandal is so flawless that the situations sometimes seem so legit. There are still fewer star roles for women in television, but Washington owns this show, and nobody can stop her. Shonda Rhimes certainly made the right choice when she picked Kerry Washington to be the center of all the drama as Olivia Pope. And with that being said, Washington makes the big bucks evidently ― $11 million to be precise.
This Canadian-American actress could certainly buy herself a castle (pun intended) with her money from her role on Castle! It was a fiasco when ABC decided to dismiss Stana Katic, to then dismiss the series altogether in 2016. However, despite her exit from the show, before having departed, she was on the show from 2009-2015, and that made her a lot of moolah. Heading into the final season of the show, before being "dismissed," she negotiated a raise that earned her $12 million.
We really would not mind having Julie Bowen as a mother; her sarcastic sense of humour on Modern Family alongside her odd and unique family is certainly what made her stand out. However, what also makes her stand out amongst her female actress colleagues is her fat yearly paycheque. Listening to her talk on the Modern Family couch as Claire, has certainly made our afternoons more bearable too. And with such an open and honest character to portray, Bowen deserves her $12 million
Not going to lie, some of us have forgotten that this show exists, but the stars on the show have their viewers to thank for making it last so long. And in the TV world, a long-lasting show means a bump in the stars' income surely. Mariska Hargitay plays Lt. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU who has made a career investigating their cases. It is incredibly difficult to play such a role, but Hargitay, who nails it, and is the central figure on the show's promotional photos, has racked up quite the salary. How much you ask? $12.5 million.
It is impossible to not love the big-hearted Mindy Kaling ― if it were up to us, we would make an application to be her best friend. We love how powerful Kaling is, and how much she has spread girl power awareness around the world with her success. Kaling, in case you are clueless, was the creator of her own show The Mindy Project, which she produced and starred in as well. She has other projects that have boosted her success, like a lucrative book and awesome film roles, but her $13 million income was all because of her ever-so-popular series.
Now that McDreamy is gone, Grey's Anatomy's all-time star is Meredith Grey ― yes, we are talking about the marvellous Ellen Pompeo. Pompeo, who is another one of Rhimes' stars, has recently got a pay bump that she fought hard for, now reeling in $20 million a year. This bump usurps the actress from the other popular TV drama that they are neck and neck with, Game of Thrones. Pompeo has expressed how very proud she is of herself and her long-lasting career on a single show, stating "I’ve been this character [Meredith Grey] for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a skill.”
Knock on door: "Penny, Penny, Penny!" Knocking on Penny's door is not only Sheldon, but a huge lottery. The Big Bang Theory star has one of the highest salaries as a woman on television, only trailing behind one competitor that is to be revealed. Though Kaley Cuoco does a lot more than sing "Soft Kitty," she is still not paid as much as her male colleagues on one of the world's favourite comedy sitcoms. However, with a $26 million salary, she earns a lot more than pennies for her fantastic work.
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She is easy on the eyes and her unique accent drives men wild ― can you guess who is at the top of our list of the world's highest paid actress? It is the Colombiana herself, one of the stars of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara. For the sixth year in a row, the high-energy and charismatic actress is the world's highest-paid TV actress and is banking $41.5 million. She not only out-earns her Modern Family colleagues, but also the star of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons. Her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the show has made her knock out all her competition out of the park.