Reese Witherspoon’s career earnings of over $ 198 million make her the highest-paid Primetime Emmy contestant
Chances are, Reese Witherspoon won’t walk away with the Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie on Sunday. According to the online gaming community and pundits, her co-star Nicole Kidman has a one in four chance of winning the category. But while Witherspoon might not have the prestige of a trophy, she has something else: a full bank account.
A number of Emmy nominated stars have appeared on FORBES ‘Celebrity 100 in the past, our annual list of the highest paid artists, including Kidman. But Reese Witherspoon has earned more than any other nominated actor, with a total of $ 198 million in income, before tax, since FORBES first calculated his income in 2002 (this year’s total included big earners from 2001 Legally Blond). When Witherspoon won her movie roles before 2002 – including her star becoming Election and Cruel intentions– are taken into account, the count is much higher. The Oscar winner who is beloved by fans can draw seven-figure checks for a lead role, as well as high backend percentages.
While the role she is nominated for – Madeline on HBO Big little lies– added less than $ 5 million to its bank account, it was a big hit with critics and the public, and the show won 16 Emmy nominations.
“It’s really remarkable, I think it struck a kind of chord. I think it will take me a minute to figure out what it is exactly. But no, I’ve never seen so many people. ‘Stop”, Witherspoon said Vogue.
The actress, who has been active in films since her teenage years, had her first TV role as Type A Madeline and willful but vulnerable in the miniseries.. Witherspoon, who is returning to television alongside Jennifer Aniston in an upcoming series on morning talk show hosts, has also been one of the Big little lies’ executive producers through her production company, Hello Sunshine, which is dedicated to telling female stories featuring multidimensional characters.
“This was confirmed by having two teenagers and seeing how they consume content and how women consume content” Witherspoon told FORBES. “So many women feel completely invisible.”
In terms of nominee income, Witherspoon is followed by her co-star Kidman, who has racked up over $ 150 million since FORBES started keeping tabs in early 2002. Like Witherspoon, Big little lies was Kidman’s biggest television work to date, although she also recently landed a starring role in the BBC’s critical success Top of the lake.
“What I love about television is that you are a regular part of people’s lives. And the connection that way is intense, and it makes me feel like I’m part of the world – much more connected to the world than in a movie ”, Kidman said Variety.
But while these miniseries can create a creative connection and prestige, they don’t pay off in the same way film work does for Kidman, who can get big checks – up to eight figures – for star roles in films. commercial successes like The Women of Stepford, The golden compass and Australia.
Robert De Niro directs the nominated male actors. the Magician of lies The star has earned over $ 100 million since 2002 from various film roles. Television, however, can prove to be quite a lucrative business for the high profile actor, as it is would have will receive $ 775,000 per episode for an upcoming Amazon series. Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin have also appeared on our Celebrity 100 list, and their earnings since 2002 are well in the seven digits.
To compile data on the highest-earning Emmy nominees, we looked at historical pre-tax figures previously released by FORBES. We only took into account the candidates in the main categories of actors; directors and producers were not eligible.
If other categories had been taken into account, Junior MasterChef Host Gordon Ramsay, who was nominated to host the Outstanding Reality Contest Series presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend, would easily have been the highest-paid contestant, with career earnings of at least $ 266.5 million. Money continues to flow for the chef and TV host, who currently hosts five shows and has many successful restaurants.