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 guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall
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“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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