These violent delights are coming with a bigger paycheque.
“Westworld” stars Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton are in for a big raise ahead of season three. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will each make around $250,000 per episode, a large bump from their rumoured $100,000 to $150,000 per episode salaries.
The outlet reports that the show’s second tier of actors are likely to renegotiate for higher pay as well, but what’s interesting (and what may reveal their roles in the upcoming third season), is that Tessa Thompson and James Marsden were not included in that upper tier. ET has reached out to HBO for comment.
“It’s huge!” Newton said, but quickly noted that it had a lot to do with the recent conversations about the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
“Let’s face it, it’s not a new movement. It’s been going on since suffragettes,” she added. “[But] for me it was just a relief to actually get to a point where I wasn’t having to ask and I wasn’t having to fight for what should be a rightful gift from someone who values and appreciates you.”
“What I can’t wait for is to go back on set and to be with everybody from ‘Westworld’, because I just know how proud they are tonight and how thrilled they are for me,” she explained. “But I feel so thrilled for them because I could not have achieved any of it without the costume, the writing, the makeup, the production design, all the elements that go into the work that we do.”
Newton also dished on a new addition to season three of the HBO series: Aaron Paul. “We have such strong actors on the show, and to have someone of his calibre… he’s got such great energy,” she shared. “I have no idea what character he’s going to play or anything. So it’s very intriguing, too.”
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