Stranger Things stars get big pay raises

Calvin Saunders
March 21, 2018

The stars of the hit Netflix sci-fi drama, a lot of them young teens, have scored major pay raises for the upcoming third season of the show.

The news outlet reports that Gaten Matarazzo, 15, Caleb McLaughlin, 16, Noah Schnapp, 13, and Finn Wolfhard, 15, are all set to earn $250,000 (£178,000) an episode for the third season, which is due to start filming next month.

Citing unnamed sources, the trade publication said Winona Ryder (who plays Joyce Byers) received a bump from $100,000 to $350,000 per episode.

Prior to the new season, the "Stranger Things" kids reportedly made about $30,000 per episode. Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson rounded out the top-1o for comedy at $500,000 per episode, with the series again being one of television's most-watched in its recent eighth season run.

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When asked by the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix declined to comment on the stars' salaries. As Netflix has run into serious issues on its former flagship series House of Cards in the wake of Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct scandal, Stranger Things has quickly become the platform's crown jewel.

"We are leaning into it", Matt Duffer told Indie Wire. Not bad for a Netflix show that came in with a ton of fresh faces?

Cast shake-ups are also in the horizon for the upcoming season.

Dyer, who plays Nancy, is now filming Dan Gilroy's as yet untitled new movie with John Malkovich, Rene Russo and Toni Collette, and Keery has signed on for the film Beef with Timothy Olyphant and Jai Courtney. There has also been speculation that Brown will have her own unique salary of around $300,000, since some may find the prospect of Brown, a newcomer before Stranger Things, earning the same amount as an Oscar-nominated actress like Ryder unfair. And for Ryder, the drama is widely considered her comeback vehicle. Her list of accolades so far includes nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award two years in a row, an Emmy nod, a People's Choice Award nom, and more. The third season will consist of eight episodes so each will receive $2.8 million.

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