Actress Millie Bobby Brown just inked a pretty serious contract for the third season of Netflix’s colossal 80s hit Stranger Things. According to a report by TMZ, the 14-year-old Brown will receive something in the ballpark of $3 million dollars to reprise her role as Eleven, the show’s telekinetic protagonist. Brown’s raise – reported to be the highest among the cast – comes as a result of group negotiations by the cast, who were hoping to see their pay match the series’ popularity.
Before the renegotiation, Brown was to be paid only about $25,000 per episode of season 3; a miniscule fee for a character crucial to the show’s entire structure and meteoric rise into the upper echelons of TV. Fittingly, Brown will now be making a cool $350,000 per episode.
It’s hard to imagine that her big payday is solely because of the show’s success, however. Brown has become a big-time star in her own right. Along with some of her similarly aged co-stars on Stranger Things, Brown has appeared on daytime talk shows, been featured on the covers of noteworthy magazines like Variety and Interview, and stepped into high fashion as the face of Calvin Klein by Appointment in 2017. Between showing up on your newsstands, televisions, and billboards, Brown has become an instantly recognizable face, and with that kind of fame comes a big paycheck.
In fact, Brown’s renegotiated contract put her pay rate up there with the show’s more seasoned adult actors, like David Harbour and Winona Ryder, both of whom make around $300,000 to $350,000 an episode. Still, Brown will be the highest paid among the show’s younger cast members, who each make about $200,000 an episode.
Stranger Things has been the home to breakout talents like Brown and her co-stars: Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike). It has also brought actors like Winona Ryder and Sean Astin back from what looked like the quiet twilight of their careers. That says a lot about the power of Netflix, which turned a show seemingly pegged as a niche period piece into a cultural phenomenon.
As for season 3, the hype is already building, even though the streaming giants have yet to announce a release date; judging by the gap between seasons 1 and 2, you can expect it in late 2018, or even in early 2019.