Which ‘Big Little Lies’ Star Had the Highest Net Worth in 2018?

Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley of ‘Big Little Lies’ attend a Golden Globes party on January 7, 2018. | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

While it’s normal to hear about stars battling one another on the job, most reports from HBO’s Big Little Lies came back positive. First of all, the show the was originally supposed to be a limited (i.e. one-season) series effortlessly added a second season. Bitter rivalries apparently didn’t stand in the way.

But it was more than that: The cast seemed to enjoy working together. Instead of losing stars for the second season, Big Little Lies added a major one: Meryl Streep. With Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman already on board, we can’t imagine packing more talent into one show.

In fact, given how much the cast earned for Season Two, HBO might have trouble affording another star of this caliber. At least one in the cast turned up on the list of highest-paid actresses in 2018. (A second did not tail her co-star by much.) Here are the cast members of the show’s net worth, ranked.

4. Shailene Woodley: $10-15 million

At 27, Shailene Woodley is the youngest star of the show. (Zoe Kravitz, who has a smaller role, turned 30 at the start of December.) However, she is quickly building a fortune from her roles in action movies, dramas, and shows like Big Little Lies.

After earning about $350,000 per episode for Season One, insiders said Woodley would join her fellow cast members in getting a considerable raise for the second season. Her net worth exceeds $10 million and be as high as $15 million by the start of 2019.

3. Meryl Streep: $90 million

You can’t have a better career than Meryl Streep. Since she began taking lead roles in the late 1970s, Streep has landed a starring role in a feature film every year. She now owns three Oscars for her film work and 21 nominations altogether.

While her choices clearly don’t revolve around financial concerns, Streep has amassed an amazing fortune over the years. Her net worth likely exceeds $90 million. After the success of Big Little Lies, she reportedly got in touch with Witherspoon and Kidman (who produce) to say she “had to join them.” Everyone wins with this move.

2. Nicole Kidman: $130-150 million

Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon attend the premiere of HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ in 2017. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Without question, Woodley is building a great career in Hollywood while Streep already has packed several solid careers into her own. But you could add their amazing fortunes together and still fall short of Nicole Kidman’s net worth.

With all her successes as an actor, her producing work, and her celebrity endorsements, Kidman remains a top earner in Hollywood. Her net worth tops $130 million and could blow past $150 million in 2019.

1. Reese Witherspoon: Over $150 million

Even with a heavyweight like Kidman aboard, Reese Witherspoon manages to have the highest net worth of any cast member on Big Little Lies. Like Kidman, Reese combines high fees (over $1 million per episode), high-profile producing work, and endorsements to keep the truckloads of cash coming. In 2018 alone, she earned over $16 million.

Her deal with Apple (over $1 million per episode for a show with Jennifer Aniston) will ensure the big paydays continue. Meanwhile, Legally Blonde 3 should provide another giant paycheck. That’s why we see Witherspoon’s net worth of $150 million actually increasing in 2019.

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