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Hollywood’s Most Popular Actresses of 2016

It is no secret that Hollywood has blessed the big screen with talented, beautiful, and popular actresses each year. Aside from industry juggernauts like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Judy Dench, there are loads of talents who have caught the attention of both critics and audiences alike.

On this list, ExploreTalent is counting down the most popular actresses of 2016. Whether it be through their work in television or film, one thing these women all share is raw talent and natural charm. See if your favorite actress made it to the list below.

7 Popular Actresses of 2016

7. Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

Australian actress Margot Robbie first got recognition after starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, but she really held her own in 2016 when she landed roles in blockbuster movies Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, where she played the roles of Jane and Harley Quinn respectively. Because of Robbie’s well-received portrayal as the DC villain, she’s set to star in her stand-alone movie in the future.

6. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is undoubtedly on everyone’s list of popular actresses—and for the best reasons too. Johansson is talented, beautiful, and exudes the same level of class that women of Hollywood have. This year, she starred in the highest-grossing movie of 2016 so far, Captain America: Civil War. Audiences can later see Johansson in the highly anticipated—yet somehow controversial—American remake of the Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell.

5. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o might have the least number of films among the actresses on this list, but she is definitely one of the most excellent. Her grace, style, and charisma have truly captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Nyong’o recently starred in the Disney biopic Queen of Katwe, and she once again stole the show with her unprecedented star power.

4. Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

As the only actress on the list with both television and movie credits, Emma Roberts truly exudes star power. The niece of Hollywood A-lister Julia Roberts is one of the most influential and popular actresses of the new generation. She not only appeared in Nerve opposite Dave Franco, she also proved that she could handle the comedy and horror genre by starring in the television series Scream Queens.

3. Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Audiences know her as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man series, but now Emma Stone is dancing to the beat of her own drum by selecting the best movies to add to her already impressive filmography. She stars in the Damien Chazelle musical La La Land, which is set for a December release in the United States. The movie looks absolutely stunning, and Stone is currently a front-runner in the Best Actress category for the upcoming Academy Awards.

2. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Hailed as one of the most beautiful and popular actresses in Hollywood, Natalie Portman has already won an Oscar, but she is rumored to take home another trophy after her flawless performance as the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 2016 biopic Jackie. 

1. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

It was recently announced that Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress of 2016. In addition to that, she was also named as the youngest actress to ever achieve four Academy Award nominations. As the years go by, it is easy to see that Lawrence will continue to rise as a Hollywood star, and she’s set to end the year with a bang by starring opposite Chris Pratt in the sci-fi action film Passengers. 

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