8 Netflix Stars Who Are Raking in the Big Bucks
Netflix is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to establishing itself as a force in the original TV landscape. The streaming service is continuing to expand its lineup of scripted series — and according to Variety, it’s willing to dish out big money to do so.
The publication recently released a run-down of the salaries of television’s biggest stars and it seems Netflix is sparing no expense in recruiting top talent. Below, check out eight Netflix stars who are pulling in major paychecks for their current or upcoming shows. Note: Per Variety, these figures (which may include backend fees) are estimates based on extensive research and have not been confirmed by Netflix. The numbers are specific to the most current seasons of each series, several of which have yet to premiere.
8. Naomi Watts, Gypsy
Salary: $275,000 per episode
Watts is set to star in Netflix’s upcoming psychological thriller series, Gypsy. A show about a therapist who begins developing dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. According to Variety, the actress will rake in about $275,000 per episode for the freshman season of the show. Since the first season is set to consist of 10 episodes, that puts Watts’s total income for the show at around $2.75 million dollars.
7-6. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, Maniac
Salaries: $350,000 per episode
Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will direct Netflix’s new drama, which earned a 10 episode straight-to-series order in March and will reunite Superbad co-stars Stone and Hill. The show will follow a guy who lives a fantasy life in his dreams, but is locked up in an institution in reality. Per Variety’s estimates, Hill and Stone will each earn hefty paychecks of around $3.5 million dollars (or $350,000 per episode) for their roles as patients in the institution.
5. Joel Kinnaman, Altered Carbon
Salary: $350,000 per episode
Surprisingly, Kinnaman is rumored to be making more than Watts and just as much per episode as more high-profile Hollywood names, like Hill and Stone. As Variety estimates, the actor will earn around $3.5 million for the 10-episode freshman season of the futuristic sci-fi series, Altered Carbon, which is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name. Then again, Kinnaman has a long history with Netflix, having previously co-starred in The Killing. He’s also seen a rise in profile recently, thanks to his part in this year’s Suicide Squad.
4. Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet
Salary: $350,000 per episode
Barrymore is set join Netflix’s roster of A-list stars in 2017, when Santa Clarita Diet is scheduled to premiere. The actress will play Sheila, a real estate agent and one half of a married couple whose lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a dramatic change. Per Variety’s report, Barrymore will garner a total of around $4.5 million for the 13-episode freshman season of the series.
3. Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Salary: $500,000 per episode
It should come as no big surprise that Spacey is one Netflix’s highest-paid stars. The actor rakes in an estimated $500,000 per episode of the streamer’s critically acclaimed political drama. Considering each season of the series consists of 13 episodes, that means Spacey garners at least $6.5 million per season of House of Cards. Interestingly, Spacey’s co-star Robin Wright was not included in Variety’s report, although she reportedly recently negotiated to earn the same amount as Spacey per episode.
2-1. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Salaries: $750,000 per episode
It apparently pays very well to be a Gilmore girl. Graham and Bledel will reportedly rake in a whopping $750,000 per episode to reprise their roles as Lorelai and Rory in Netflix’s upcoming revival. The series will take place in present time, with each hour-and-a-half episode encompassing a different season of the year. With Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life set to consist of four episodes total, the two actresses will earn about $3 million total for the whole season.
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