Jennifer Connelly net worth: 'Snowpiercer' star charged $1.5m for her role in 'Hulk'

The 51-year-old lead of 'Snowpiercer' started her career as a model and went on to earn in millions after making a name for herself in Hollywood

                            Jennifer Connelly net worth: 'Snowpiercer' star charged $1.5m for her role in 'Hulk'
Jennifer Connelly of 'Snowpiercer' (Getty Images)

Jennifer Connelly is undoubtedly one of the most famous actors out there and has carved a place for herself with her unconventional roles and varied performances over the years. The 51-year-old began her life in front of the camera as a child model, appearing in print advertisements and television commercials which in turn resulted in her getting acting opportunities. Channeling her talent and flair, Connelly has made a name for herself in the film and television industry.

The American actor is no stranger to accolades, having bagged an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe to name a few. However, it will be interesting to see how much she has earned by flexing her acting chops, which landed her a role in 'Snowpiercer,' TNT's post-apocalyptic dystopian drama.


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Early life and stint as a model

Born on 12 December 1970, in New York, Connelly's life in front of the camera began at the tender age of 10. She began modeling for print advertisements and TV commercials after making it to Ford Modeling Agency's roster. She also appeared on the covers of Seventeen magazine several times. It was during her stint as a model that she auditioned for a role in legendary director Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America.' Though Connelly had no aspirations to become an actor, her performance and physical compatibility convinced the director to cast her. Later on in her career, she'd describe the opportunity of being part of the film as "an incredibly idyllic introduction to movie-making."

Mainstream film career and international recognition

Connelly's first leading role was in 'Phenomena,' a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento. This was followed by a string of films which were sometimes hits and sometimes misses. However, they laid out the path which would lead her to star in Ed Harris' 'Pollock.' The film, which came out in 2000, saw Connelly playing Ruth Kligman, the mistress of expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. In the same year, she'd also appear in Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream,' a psychological drama that focused on the lives of people suffering from an addiction to drugs. Sharing screen space with Jared Leto, Connelly played Marion Silver, a character whose heroin addiction and lifestyle choices result in her becoming a sex worker. The opportunities that came after these two films helped her cement her career as an actor, with films such as 'Hulk,' 'A Beautiful Mind' and 'Blood Diamond' gaining her global recognition. 

Actress Jennifer Connelly attends the New York Premiere of "Noah" at Clearview Ziegfeld Theatre on March 26, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

What is Connelly's net worth?

According to reports, Connelly was apparently paid $1.5 million for her role as Betty Ross in 'Hulk'. In 2003, she had bought a mansion in Brooklyn for a whopping $3.7 million, which she later sold and moved to Tribeca area in NYC where she purchased in a loft for $6.9 million in 2012. Connelly, however, sold the loft for $8.5 million because it didn't fit her requirements.

So just how much is the actor worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennifer Connelly has a combined net worth (including husband Paul Bettany) of a whopping $50 million. 

Connelly in Season 3 of 'Snowpiercer'

Jennifer Connelly's career in television resumed in the year 2020 (she was last seen in Fox's 2001 drama 'The $treet') when she was cast in 'Snowpiercer.' Breaking her hiatus that almost lasted for two decades, Connelly plays Melanie Cavill, the Head of Hospitality and the Voice of the Train in 'Snowpiercer'. The series was renewed for a third and the fourth season in 2021, with Connelly set to reprise her role. 

The show will air on Mondays at 9 pm ET, starting January 24, 2022. It will also be available on Netflix in regions outside the US and China on the day following its TV screening.