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The 7 Highest Paid Actors On Netflix Shows

Netflix being a production and distribution company has changed the way actors get paid. While most actors get paid for their movies getting shown on theatres, Netflix shows are mostly streamed from people’s houses on their TV’s and even phones.

Yet, actors still get high six-figure salaries. Netflix actors however only get their salaries and nothing else on top whereas Actors who star in theatrical movies often get back-end deals where they get a percentage of the profits. Here are some of the highest-paid Netflix actors today.

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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is making a ridiculous amount of money, in particular, $27 million to star in Michael Bay’s next film coming to Netflix, Six Underground. The Michael Bay-directed action movie, “Six Underground,” follows six billionaires who turn into vigilantes.

It will be Bay’s first movie since 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight”. 

Like other Netflix original films, 6 Underground’s visuals look extremely cinematic, suggesting the company didn’t cut corners when funding the project.

As it turns out, this was a pricey endeavor as the budget for production cost $150 million.

Will Smith

Director David Ayer discussed the Bright sequel with Slashfilm. The original movie released in December 2017 cost $90 million to make and featured Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as Los Angeles cops.

Talks of a sequel being on the way were ignited and Will Smith will be back. Will is likely going to earn $35 million for his role in Bright 2. Will Smith has been pretty busy since Bright came out with Aladdin, Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise and Bad Boys for Life. His schedule reportedly delayed the filming of Bright 2.

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Ben Affleck

Hollywood star Ben Affleck got paid $8 million for his star role in Tripple Frontier.

It is a 2019 American action-adventure crime film directed by J. C. Chandor. Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal star alongside Ben as a group of former U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers who reunite to plan a heist job of a South American crime lord.

It was reported that 52 million accounts watched the action thriller within the first month after its release on the platform.

Margot Robbie

Australian actress and producer Margot Robbie earned between $9 to $10 million to reprise Harley Quinn in her latest film, Birds of Prey. The 2020 American superhero film is a follow-up to Suicide Squad.

The film had its world premiere in Mexico City on January 25, 2020. It has now passed $200 million worldwide at the box office after opening in Japan over the weekend. Therefore, doubling its production budget.

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham, one half of the iconic duo in Gilmore girls, was paid $750,000 per episode, netting herself $3 million altogether for her return as Lorelai Gilmore. 

According to a report from Variety this week, the stars of “Gilmore Girls” net that much per episode for the upcoming reboot on Netflix.

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When the series first debuted in 2000, Graham reportedly earned $50,000 for each episode throughout the first four seasons, according to IMDb. Quit the upgrade she has gotten now.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore earned $350,000 per episode for her role in the dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet

There were thirty episodes shot across the show’s three-season run, meaning Barrymore pocketed more than $10 million at by the end of its run.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, raising their teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, before her dramatic transformation.

The sudden canceling of the show left many fans disappointed but Drew still managed to laugh her way to the bank.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is easily the face of Stranger Things. The sixteen-year-old English actress who plays the role of Eleven in the show earns $350,000 per episode. 

All the younger actors on the show are paid a significant amount for such a young age, but Brown makes the most out of all the other kids.
Her paycheck is on par with long-time actors Winona Ryder and David Harbour.

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