The stars of Stranger Things are cashing in on the Netflix series’ wild success.
The cast of the Emmy-nominated show have scored major pay raises following an intense renegotiation ahead of the sci-fi drama’s third season. According to sources, the new pacts for the child actors are worth roughly 12 times their previous deals, and that the streaming giant is ponying up as much as $350,000 an episode for each of the show’s adult actors.
It seems, the main actors are divided into different pay tiers. Winona Ryder (Joyce) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) make up the A tier. The B tier consists of the young stars – Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) – who are each collecting $250,000 per episode. Meanwhile, the actors in the C tier – onscreen teenagers Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve) – are each pocketing about $150,000 an episode.
What remains a mystery is where the show’s 14-year-old breakout, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), landed among those tiers, as her camp has been tight-lipped throughout the dealmaking process. Regardless of Brown’s exact salary, the hefty pay bumps represent massive increment for television stars.