The West Australian - - NEWS - LEXIE CARTWRIGHT

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.

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