It pays to be strange, as the cast of Stranger Things can apparently attest to.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the stars of the Netflix TV show have been given bumper pay rises, but the youngest kids are allegedly getting paid more than the teens.
It’s claimed Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) are now earning $250,000 per episode while Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Joe Keery (Steve), and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) are said to be earning $150,000.
These sums are reportedly twelve times as much as their previous salaries for appearing in seasons one and two of the hit series.
Winona Ryder and David Harbour – who play Joyce and Chief Hopper – are believed to be earning $350,000 per episode, having previously earned $100,000 and $80,000 for seasons one and two, respectively.
When it comes to Millie Bobby Brown though, her figure is said to be higher than her fellow child co-stars after separating herself in the renegotiation process.
Some sources say that the British actress – who plays the breakout role of Eleven – might be in her own pay bracket of $300,000.
Deals are meant to have been finalised over the last few weeks as filming for the third season is expected to begin by April 23.
Harbour said last December that Stranger Things fans “probably won’t get [season three] until sometime in 2019” so we’ve got a while to wait before returning to Hawkins.
One person who won’t be returning, though, is former crew member Peyton Brown who claimed the Duffer Brothers had verbally abused several other female co-workers during the show’s production.
“I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women,” Brown wrote in an Instagram post. “I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. TIME IS UP.”
Netflix claim they found no wrongdoing after an investigation but the Duffer Brothers still issued an apology stating they were “deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set”, adding that because of the “high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologise”.
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