NO LIE, $1.4M AN EPISODE
We knew the A-list stars of Big Little Lies wouldn’t come cheap — but we couldn’t have predicted their salaries would be this huge. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who play Celeste and Madeline on the HBO drama that has returned to Foxtel for its second season, are among the highest paid TV actors in Hollywood.
The Oscar-winning actors negotiated $US1 million ($1.4 million) pay cheques per episode for season two of BLL, three times more than they earnt in the first season. Kidman, pictured, earnt $US350,000, while Witherspoon made $US250,000 an episode for season one, which won eight Emmys and garnered critical and commercial acclaim.
It puts them among the top TV earners, joining
Big Bang Theory stars
Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki who each earnt $US1 million an episode. The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus make $1 million an episode. Witherspoon negotiated the stars inflated salaries on BLL, leveraging her deal with Apple for its new as yet untitled drama show. Apple is believed to be paying Witherspoon and co-star Jennifer Aniston upward of $US1.25 million an episode.
Kidman, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in BBL, is worth $US130 million. Witherspoon is worth $US150 million. Their salaries are higher than cast newcomer and threetime Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who is believed to have been paid $US800,000 an episode for season two. Other BLL stars Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern earnt $US500,000 an episode, and Zoe Kravitz’s salary was $US428,000 an episode.