She’s rich, beyotch! Yep, the lovely British actress who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films raked in some serious cash in 2009. According to a new Vanity Fair report, Watson earned more than any other female entertainer last year: $30 million, or $15 million for each Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies. She came in at No. 14, just below Denzel Washington and above her Potter costar Rupert Grint. (He also earned $30 million, so I’m guessing VF placed him lower because they consider him less popular/bankable. Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, came in at No. 6.) On VF‘s list of 40 — which is topped by Michael Bay and his $125 million payday — Watson easily outranked Sarah Jessica Parker (No. 24), Angelina Jolie (No. 32), Sandra Bullock (No. 34), and even Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart (No. 37). The only other woman who came close to her ranking is No. 19, Cameron Diaz.
The idea of someone that young — Watson is just 19! — having that much money to her name is sort of mind-blowing. And if she weren’t so classy, it’d be pretty damn scary. But as the red carpet darling has proven over the last year especially, she is no Hollywood trainwreck-in-the-making. Watson is poised, mature, and smart. She wears underwear! And hello! Tuition is ridiculously expensive, so we can take comfort knowing that some of that $30 mil will be well spent — at the Brown University comptroller’s office! The rest she can spend on textbooks and rounds of drinks for her new college friends.
What do you think of Watson emerging as the highest-paid female entertainer of 2009? Will she be able to keep the title in 2010? If not, who will succeed her?