It’s because at the ages of 15 and 17 respectively those two girls made some very serious bank for acting in season three of the hit Netflix series.
In fact, all of the main cast of Stranger Things 3 isn’t going to have to worry about money for a very long time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the kids on the show “only” earned a little over $20,000 per episode for seasons one and two, while Winona Ryder and David Harbour took home “just” $100,000 and $80,000 per episode.
However, after seeing what a juggernaut the show had become after the first two seasons on Netflix, everybody decided that they should making a little more cash and they renegotiated their contracts at some point in 2017.
The “kids” on the show, Finn Wolfhard (16), Gaten Matarazzo (16), Caleb McLaughlin (17), Natalia Dyer (22), Charlie Heaton (25), and Noah Schnapp (14), all got their salaries bumped up to a nice, tidy $250,000 per episode.
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Dacre Montgomery (24), aka Billy, Sadie Sink’s brother on Stranger Things, made the same as his fictional sister, earning $150,000 per episode.
Everyone’s favorite hair god, Joe Keery, wasn’t listed, but some reports list his season three salary at either $15K or $250K per episode. No numbers have been revealed yet for Mrs. Wheeler, Cara Buono, or new series regulars Maya Hawke (21) and Priah Ferguson (12).
As for Millie Bobby Brown, with a feature film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, now under her belt (and having earned a worldwide total of $384 million, or more than eight times what Harbour’s Hellboy movie made), she reportedly was paid the same as Harbour and Ryder: $350,000 per episode. Not too shabby for 11 days work.
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With movie credits including IT, IT: Chapter Two, and Ghostbusters 2020, all soon to be on his resume, something tells me that Finn Wolfhard will too be receiving a slight pay upgrade come season four.