Big Money for Hollywood’s Big Stars
In the advent of streaming services, the TV has been stronger than ever. Some of us may even be surprised to know that some of the biggest TV stars are taking home bigger paychecks than their movie star counterparts. Nonetheless, films and TV shows are both lucrative aspects of the Hollywood industry. One of their primaryinvestments is the actors. So if you’re curious to know just how much these Hollywood actors take home per episode, just keep reading.
Julia Roberts – Homecoming, $600k Per Episode
Julia Roberts is one of the most famous celebrities in the world. She is known for films such as Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Erin Brokovich, and Runaway Bride. And at the height of her career, it is reported that she was making at least $20 million per motion picture. When she played a role in the TV series Homecoming, she negotiated a $600k per episode. That’s a lot of investment money for just one series episode.
Dwayne Johnson – Ballers, $650k Per Episode
Dwayne Johnson is givencredit for being one of the biggest stars of Hollywood in modern cinema. He is known for mega-blockbuster films such as the Fast and Furious franchise and the remake of Jumanji. His upcoming movie, Black Adam, is also highly anticipated worldwide. For his role in the HBO series Ballers, Dwayne was reportedly being paid $650k per episode.
Ashton Kutcher – Two and a Half Men, $700k Per Episode
Ashton Kutcher is no stranger to the TV industry. In fact, he made his start and gained much of his fame from the sitcom That ‘70s Show. When he was called to replace Charlie Sheen in the hit TV series Two and a Half Men, it was reported that he was getting paid $700k per episode. Fortunately, he proved to be one of the worthy investments the show has made. His performances alongside Jon Cryer helped the show remain relevant throughout.
Michael C. Hall – Dexter, $830k Per Episode
Dexter is one of those gritty drama TV shows that portray an unconventional anti-hero as a protagonist. Michael C. Hall plays Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician who is also a serial killer. Its success is a testament to a new wave of TV dramas that stems back from the likes of Tony Soprano. Michael was reportedly taking home $830k per episode. We bet that’s more than enough to afford him a sound home security system.
The cast of Friends, $1 Million Per Episode
Friends is probably the most famous sitcom of all time. With its massive success that lingers until today, it’s no surprise that the main cast members were paid $1 million per episode. Initially, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were getting paid more than their colleagues. However, the six of them simultaneously negotiated to be paid $1 million each per episode. Fortunately, their deal worked, and all cast members got paid equally, much to their credit.
Kelsey Grammer – Frasier, $1.6 Million Per Episode
To this day, the sitcom Frasier remains to be a binge-worthy classic. It has earned countless accolades – 107 Emmy nominations and 37 awards. Among those awards is an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for its main man, Kelsey Grammer. As such, the lead star, Kelsey Grammer, was given a hefty paycheck for his brilliant performances. It was reported that he was getting paid a well-deserved $1.6 million per episode. We bet his credit score skyrocketed after wrapping up the series.
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show, $2 Million Per Episode
After her successful run in Friends, Jennifer Aniston shifted to starring in films, and the 2019 series The Morning Show was her big return to TV. Reports say that Jennifer and her co-star Reese Witherspoon were taking home $2 million per episode. Apart from starring in the series, the two also received credit for being the show’s executive producers.
Jerry Seinfeld – Seinfeld, $2.4 Million Per Episode
Seinfeld is one of the most successful sitcoms in history. It is the brainchild of Larry David and Jerry Seinfield, which aired from 1989 to 1998. It is reported Jerry was getting paid a little less than $2.4 million per episode. However, those in the know also said that NBC wanted to prolong the sitcom and was willing to pay him $5 million per episode. Much to his credit, he knew when to stop and declined the offer.