Starring in one of the biggest shows in the world has its perks, and the stars of Stranger Things are reaping the benefits. Heading into the third season, it looks like all of its stars, young and old, male and female, are getting a huge pay bump.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the actors are divided into three tiers. Adult leads Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) make up the "A tier." The child stars — Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) — are the "B tier." The actors who play the onscreen teenagers -- Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve) — are in the "C tier."
In the first and second season, it was reported that Ryder was earning around $100,000 per episode, with Harbour pocketing around $80,000 per episode. Reports suggest that now the "A tier" stars will make up to $350,000 per episode. The kids in the B tier were making around $20,000 per episode, but will now be pulling in a whopping $250,000 per episode. It is not known what C tier was making, but reports suggest they will now be getting $150,000 per episode.
The one major variable seems to be Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, the character around whom the entire series revolves. A renegotiation last season gave her $250,000 per episode, and some sources are telling Hollywood Reporter that she may be making A tier money this season. Other sources suggest Brown is in her own tier, commanding $300,000 per episode. Either way, that's a hell of a lot of money.
Stranger Things is a monster hit for Netflix. The show follows a group of kids in the Midwest in the 1980s who discover their town is a hotspot for the frequently supernatural experiments of a mystery conglomerate. One of the kids disappears into a terrifying parallel dimension, then has a monster follow him out into the real world. Another was subjected to scientific experiments that left her with telekinetic powers.
The plot of the third season of the show is being kept tightly under wraps. Production is expected to start April 23rd, and if season three follows like the previous two seasons, it will hit Netflix in time for Halloween.