The stars of ‘Stranger Things’ are making HOW much?
Ahead of an April start date for production on Season 3 of the hit sci-fi show, The Hollywood Reporter says "sources" have confirmed cast salary negotiations have just concluded with everyone scoring massive pay bumps.
Which is completely not strange and totally right given how successful the show's first two seasons have been for Netflix (who declined to comment on the salary negotiations).
However, according to the article "sources" reveal there are a number of different salary "tiers" for the show with the top billed adult cast members including Winona Ryder (who plays Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) set to make an eye-watering US$350,000 per episode. A huge jump from their first season starting salaries which were rumoured at US$100,000 for Ryder and US$80,000 for Hopper.
As for the key child stars-Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers)-they are all apparently on the next tier of US$250,000 per episode giving their bank accounts a very healthy boost over the course of the eight-episode season. This US$250K pay day is up from the US$20K the kids reportedly earned in the first and second seasons of the show.
The eagle eyed will have clocked a very important name missing from that list, 14-year-old star Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven). According to the article there's speculation Brown has her own special tier between the top billed adult and kid cast members and could be making around US$300,000 per episode.
No one from Brown's camp (or Netflix) have confirmed this, but if it is true, Brown at the tender age of 14 is singlehandedly turning the gender pay gap on its head by banking more than her male co-stars. A positive step forward after recent pay scandals such as The Crown's Matt Smith (playing Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) earning so much more than Claire Foy who played the Queen (which IRL would never happen; a queen trumps a prince any day).
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