While Emma Watson was an unfortunate victim of the whole hacked pictures thing that has recently happened to a number of celebrities, 2017 has, for the most part, been very good to the British actress.
That's because, according to The Daily Beast, the 27-year-old is set to replace Jennifer Lawrence as the highest-paid actress in the world, thanks, in large part, to a role that she was questioned for taking by most of Hollywood.
That role would be Belle in Beauty and the Beast, with the film eclipsing the $1 billion mark at the box office—the first film to do so in 2017—as well as already earning the distinction as the highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.
But to snag that role, Emma Watson, reportedly, turned down the lead role in La La Land, which won the Academy Award for "Best Picture," which was a decision many in the business wondered about. Well, Watson is laughing... and it's all the way to the bank.
“I think she has the world in the palm of her hand,” Liza Anderson, celebrity publicist and founder of Anderson Group Public Relations told the London Evening Standard.
“She is the biggest star in the world right now. She can star in anything. She could produce. She’s America’s sweetheart and a global sweetheart. There’s no better position to be in right now. I’m sure she has Hollywood banging at her door.
With Watson already earning an estimated $2.5 million upfront for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and an additional $19 million thanks to a deal that includes a portion of the film's earnings, Emma Watson is on pace for a major payout.
Knocking Jennifer Lawrence out of the top spot was no easy feat, as J-Law had held that position since 2015 thanks to the more than $15 million she was paid to star in the Hunger Games. But, leave it to Emma Watson to become the new queen, who has been the world's highest paid female actress before, but that was all the way back in 2010.
Emma Watson is young, talented, smart, beautiful and already carries a net worth of about $70 million, so it's safe to say there will be plenty of more good things to come for her in both the near and distant future.