The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list released this morning. Zhang Wei, President of Alibaba Pictures, leads the list which also includes The Hunger Games alum, Jennifer Lawrence and Nina Jacobson.
Category: The Makers
After the Hunger Games franchise wrapped (grossing $1.4 billion), Jacobson, 50, moved to conquer TV. Her first foray onto the small screen was Ryan Murphy’s smash hit on FX, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which dominated the Emmys with a whopping 22 awards. She since has renewed her overall deal with FX, where she’ll be working on two more seasons of Murphy’s anthology series (Katrina, followed by Versace). On the big screen, she’s producing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, John Crowley’s The Goldfinch, Crazy Rich Asians and a Patty Hearst movie by People v. O.J. scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Worst thing about working in Hollywood “When things are going well as a producer, you spend less time with your family. If things are going great, you’re gone that much more. That paradox is tough.”
When I feel my work matters most “When I challenge the status quo.”
The habit that holds me back “Restlessness. Sometimes it’s hard for me to not get fidgety or not want to check my phone or word game status.”
Category: Head of the Class
Lawrence, 26, who has been an outspoken warrior against the gender pay gap, earned a huge $20 million paycheck for her latest film, the sci-fi romance Passengers (out Dec. 21) opposite Chris Pratt, cementing herself as the highest-paid actress working today. “We can ask for the same exact thing that men do, and we do face the reality that we do get judged more,” she has said of the industry double standard. “It’s just something that’s intrinsic. I would love to see change.” The in-demand Hunger Games star, who also is the youngest actress to earn four Oscar nominations (she’s won one), already has filmed Darren Aronofsky’s next movie about a couple whose relationship is tested by uninvited guests. She’s attached to a slew of high-profile projects, including Adam McKay’s Bad Blood, about controversial Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes; Francis Lawrence’s spy thriller Red Sparrow; and Steven Spielberg’s It’s What I Do, based on the memoir by war photographer Lynsey Addario.
Including the Hunger Games and X-Men franchises, Lawrence’s films have earned north of $5.3 billion worldwide. In 2015, she launched the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which supports various charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Special Olympics, and, after Donald Trump won the presidential election, she penned a passionate letter (for Vice’s woman-centered Broadly channel) to those disappointed by the results: “Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”
Check out the full list here.