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From Anne Hathaway to Julia Roberts: A look at the 9 most popular Hollywood actresses

From Anne Hathaway to Julia Roberts, these top 9 popular Hollywood actresses have carved a niche for themselves with their acting prowess

From Anne Hathaway to Julia Roberts: A look at the 9 most popular Hollywood actresses

Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson

Last Updated: 01.34 PM, Apr 12, 2024

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Hollywood is synonymous with the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. Being the epicentre of all things creative, Hollywood has, since its inception, produced incredible actresses who have garnered global fame with their film choices and acting prowess. Here are some of the popular Hollywood actresses, who have carved a niche for themselves with their acting prowess and some of them have also won Academy Awards.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone
Emma Stone

The winner of Best Actress at Oscar 2024 for her performance in Poor Things, Emma Stone has carved a niche for herself since her breakout role in Superbad (2007). Emma has an incredible ability to transgress between different genres with each performance, from playing a serious journalist in The Help to playing a romantic love interest in La La Land, for which she won her first Oscar Award in 2017. Emma’s inherent charm and comedic timing never fail to leave an indelible mark on the psyche of the audience.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

Known not just for her acting abilities, but her captivating beauty, Scarlett Johansson has iconic films such as Marriage Story, Black Widow, Under the Skin, Lucy and Lost in Translation in her filmography. Rising to fame with Peter Webber’s 2003 film, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Scarlett’s most iconic role will always be her portrayal of Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her heartwarming portrayal of a German woman in Taika Waititi’s 2020 film, Jojo Rabbit, left us sobbing. With a blend of talent, beauty and hard work, the actress has earned her place as one of the most popular Hollywood heroines.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

As much as Jennifer Lawrence is popular for her funny banters in interviews, her films showcase the hidden artist in her that leaves the audience hooked to the screens. After making her debut with Garden Party in 2008 where she played the role of a troubled teenager named Tiff, Jennifer continued to showcase her talent till she received her first Oscar nomination with Winter's Bone in 2010. Her most popular role to date is her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games where she played the leading lady in the trilogy. The actress is capable of effortlessly moving between intense drama films like Silver Linings Playbook to commercial drama films like X-Men: First Class.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt

Nominated for Best Actress supporting in 2024 Oscar for her portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The British-born actress is a global star who rose to prominence with The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Anne Hathaway. Since then, the actress has earned multiple BAFTA nominations for her acting ventures. She solidified her status as the leading lady with films such as Edge of Tomorrow, Mary Poppins Returns and Sicario. Due to her inherent grace and charm, Emily earned a Golden Globes Award for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns.

Zendaya

Zendaya
Zendaya

A fashion icon and a Gen-Z favourite, Zendaya made her on-screen debut with Disney channel’s Shake It Up, later making her way into the world of cinema and modelling. She is a multifaceted actress who keeps the audience hooked with her acting abilities and enigmatic personality. Zendaya showcased the depths in her acting by portraying the role of Ru in Euphoria, a drug-addicted teenager who is dealing with the loss of her father. Her standout roles in films have been in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and The Greatest Showman (2017).   

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

An enchanting beauty, incredible actress and a charming personality, Anne Hathaway started acting in her teenage years and rose to fame with her portrayal of a teenage princess in The Princess Diaries. The actress won an Academy Award for her breakthrough performance in Les Misérables. Anne’s widespread popularity and ability to stay relevant through the years have made her one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Some iconic mentions from her filmography are The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and her most recent film is The Idea of You.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston

Rose to fame with her portrayal of Rachel Green in television’s most iconic series, Friends, Jennifer was able to move past her cult-classic role and reinvent her personality to do different roles in Hollywood. The actress has delivered memorable performances on the big screen in films like The Break-Up and Cake. Also known for her infamous breakup with actor Brad Pitt, the duo shares a friendly bond now and continues to make headlines with their performances.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts

Named as the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine, Julia Roberts has shown her acting prowess since her breakout role in Pretty Woman, playing the role of Vivian Ward, a spirited and endearing prostitute that earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress while her glamorous yet charming role in Notting Hill, opposite Hugh Grant, is etched in the audience's memory. Julia’s other acclaimed performances include films such as My Best Friend's Wedding and Erin Brockovich which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon

When you hear about Reese Witherspoon, if Legally Blonde comes to mind, then you have witnessed one of the most cult classic performances in cinematic history. With Legally Blonde, Reese showcased her abilities to do comedy while playing the role of an intelligent and hardworking lawyer, Elle Woods. Some iconic mentions in her filmography are Walk the Line, Wild, Big Little Lies, Sweet Home Alabama, among others.

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