Here’s how much the ‘Stranger Things’ kids earn per episode
Child actors don’t often get an easy ride when it comes to the critics - their abilities often stand out, and not in a good way - a poor child actor can really ruin the believability of a film or TV show.
However, in Stranger Things, it’s totally the opposite. It’s the child actors that make the show so brilliant - they’re the heart of the story, and are all excellent in their roles. Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) are already breakout stars, while Gaten Materazzo (Dustin) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) are the show’s source of humour - without them, Hawkins would be an even darker place. There’s also Noah Schnapp as Will of course. He spent most of Season 1 trapped in the Upside Down, but in Season 2 he’s back, and we can expect to see a lot more of him this time around. Given the huge commercial success of Stranger Things - no other Netflix Original is so ripe for merchandise sales, just look at Topshop right now - it’s only fair that these kids get to take home decent pay packets. Are we bitter that these 13 and 14-year-olds earn the same in two episodes that most of us do in a year? Maybe we should be, but they’re incredibly talented and bring us joy, so I’m not complaining – out loud.
The Hollywood Reporter reports (that’s what they do, after all), that Wolfhard, Brown, Materazzo and McLaughlin all made US$30,000 (just under AED110,155) per episode in Season 1, and are collecting the same package for Season 2. This means that in total, from the combined 17 episodes, they will each earn around US$512,070 (AED1,880,280) before tax.
On top of that, they are each believed to have been given a bonus of ‘less than six figures’ when Netflix realised what a huge smash the show had become. It’s not a bad life, huh.
The cast is currently signed up to a six-year contract, though it’s reported they will renegotiate to earn more money ahead of the upcoming seasons.
There were initial hopes to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 back-to-back right after Season 2, so as to avoid any awkward growth spurts and dropping of voices the kids might go through, but the Duffer brothers reportedly shot down this idea, saying the show’s writers could not turn out quality episodes that quickly.
And, we agree – quality first but please don’t leave us waiting for too long.
In case you’ve been living in a box of some kind, the entire second season is now available on Netflix – best watch it quick because if you don’t, someone is bound to spoil it and, there’s a lot (A LOT) to spoil.
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