15 Actors and Actresses with Shockingly Low Salaries

Hollywood can sometimes be a walking contradiction. Big-name actors and actresses can be regarded as royalty, yet still earn a paltry salary for their work. There are those who get paid millions for just seconds of airtime and others whose earnings could barely cover a year’s worth of rent in those pricey California neighborhoods. Not every actor can be Mark Wahlberg, who grossed a shocking $68 million in 2017.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, big name or no name, you’ll be surprised at exactly how much these 15 stars earned for their roles in successful movies. Hint: it’s much less than you think.

1. Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill onstage during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jonah Hill gave up a big payday for a chance to work with Martin Scorsese | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • $60,000 for Wolf of Wall Street

Jonah Hill voluntary accepted the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) minimum salary just so he could work with director Martin Scorsese. Hill told The Howard Stern Show he jumped at the chance to film for seven months on a thin $60,000 salary claiming, “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. I said, ‘I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight.’ I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind.”

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