The entertainment industry is unlike any other industry. Hollywood doesn’t really require you to earn a degree, have a certain number of years of experience, nor do they have you intern first. You can make it big in Hollywood, no matter what your credentials are and no matter what age you are. Someone can become a millionaire, before they can legally drive or vote, because unimaginable success can come very early in Tinseltown. Here are 10 famous teen celebrities that make more money than you.
10. Ariel Winter – $1.76 million
16-year-old Ariel Winter landed the role of Alex Dunphy in 2009, on the hit television comedy series, Modern Family. Her, along with the rest of the cast, have won 4 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ariel reportedly earns $70,000 per episode, which isn’t too shabby for a 16-year-old girl – obviously. She’s also appeared in the films, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Chaperone and she even lent her voice to the films Bambi II and Ice Age: The Meltdown. In 2012, Ariel became the voice of the lead character in the Disney animated series, Sofia the First.
9. Lorde – $2 million
17-year-old New Zealand, singer-songwriter, Lorde’s debut album, ‘The Love Club EP’ was commercially released in March 2013. Her song ‘Royals’ was blowing up, prior to the commercial release, but afterwards it was deemed an international hit. Royals sold more than 5.2 million copies, held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list for 9 weeks, and earned Lorde 2 Grammy awards. Afterwards, she signed a $2.5 million publishing deal for the rights to use her music. Lorde released her first studio album, ‘Pure Heroine’ in September 2013, with two singles ‘Team’ and Tennis Court.’ Team received 1.5 million downloads and the album sold more than 1 million copies. In 2013, Time magazine named Lorde the most influential teenager in the world for “forging her own path” and “making an impact in popular music.”
8. Kendall Jenner – $2 million
18-year-old Kendall Jenner was launched into stardom when the reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered in 2007. Kendall reportedly earns $5000 per episode. It wasn’t long before people began to take notice of Kendall’s looks and model stature. She was signed to ‘Wilhelmina’ modeling agency, at the age of 14 and has since modeled for Forever 21, Sherri Hill, American Cheerleader, OK! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marc Jacobs, Chanel and more. Kendall, alongside sister Kylie, is a Style Ambassador for Seventeen magazine, has a clothing line available at PacSun and recently released a Sci-fi novel. She also has 2 nail polishes with the Nicole O.P.I collection. On top of all of this, Kendall collects $5000 per paid-for-tweet to her 8.6 million Twitter followers.
7. Kylie Jenner – $3 million
Like her sister Kendall, 17-year-old Kylie Jenner has been in the public eye since 2007, when her family’s reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered. Kylie was immediately launched into stardom and has capitalized on her fame through many business opportunities. Kylie reportedly earns $5000 per episode and commands $5000 per paid-for-tweet to her 7+ million Twitter followers. She has also modeled for Forever 21, Seventeen and Avril Lavigne’s clothing line, Abbey Dawn. As mentioned before, Kylie and sister Kendall, have been the Style Ambassadors for Seventeen magazine, since 2011. Additionally, Kylie has 2 of her own nail lacquers from the Nicole by OPI collection, and her and sister, Kendall have a clothing line that’s exclusively available at PacSun. Kylie and Kendall’s latest business deal was the release of their science fiction novel titled, Rebels: City of Indra – obviously, they had a ghostwriter.
6. Willow Smith – $4 million
13-year-old Willow Smith is the daughter of A-List actors, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Willow began following in her parent’s footsteps at the age of 6, when she had a small role in the 2007 film, I Am Legend. In 2008, she starred in the film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and in 2010, Willow caught the attention of the world when she released her hit song ‘Whip My Hair.’ The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, had more than 1.6 million downloads and got the 10-year-old signed to Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation. Willow released the song ’21st Century Girl’ as a follow-up to ‘Whip My Hair,’ and she’s released 3 other singles, but has yet to release an album. According to her parents, Willow has decided that she’d rather be a kid than a pop star – for now.
5. Chloe Grace Moretz – $4 million
17-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz has become an A-list actress in Hollywood. After her role in the 2005 film, Amityville Horror, Chloe’s acting career progressed quickly. She’s landed lead roles in the films Carrie, Let Me In, Hugo and Hick. Chloe is best known for her role as Hit-Girl in the films, Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. Her striking looks have given her the opportunity to star in numerous photo shoots for major magazines, including Vogue, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and InStyle. In 2012, Moretz became the face of the clothing brand, Aeropostale. Chloe’s new film, If I Stay hit theaters this past weekend and will earn the young actress a seven figure pay day. Chloe received $500,000 for her work and will earn 15% of profits. However, even if the film is not profitable, she will still receive an additional $1 million. Things are looking up for Chloe. If I Stay opened up on 8/22 in the number 1 spot at the box office, earning $6.8 million on Friday night.
4. Elle Fanning – $5 million
16-year-old Elle Fanning is the younger sister to A-list actress, Dakota Fanning. She landed her first leading role in the film, Somewhere, in 2010 at the age of 12. Her role in the 2011 film, Super 8 earned her $1.5 million and a lot of critical acclaim. Elle has also starred in the films We Bought a Zoo and Maleficent, among many others. Her growing fame has landed her a guest appearance on CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, House M.D., Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds. If Elle’s anything like her sister, her Hollywood career is going to be very long and very successful.
3. Sophie Turner – $5 million
18-year-old Sophie Turner landed the role of Sansa Strak, on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones in 2011. She reportedly earns around $55,000 an episode. With the popularity of the show, Sophie has landed roles in the films, The Thirteenth Tale, Another Me, Barely Lethal and Alone – which she collects $250,000 per film. Sophie was recently cast as Mary Shelley in the film, Mary Shelley’s Monster. The film is set to release in 2015.
2. Jaden Smith – $8 million
16-year-old Jaden Smith is the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Jaden’s first role and breakthrough role was in the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness. Jaden acted alongside his father and he was just 8-years-old at the time. Since then, Jaden has starred in the films, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Karate Kid and After Earth. He reportedly earned a staggering $3 million for the Karate Kid. Additionally, Jaden has launched a music career. He released a mixtape in 2012, and rapped in Justin Bieber’s 2010 song, ‘Never Say Never’. He also started his own clothing line called, MSFTSrep, in 2012. Currently, Jaden has two films in the works, The Good Lord Bird and Karate Kid II.
1. Abigail Breslin – $12 million
18-year-old Abigail Breslin’s first acting role was in the 2002 film, Signs. However, she had her first breakthrough role at the young age of 12, in the 2006 film, Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail earned a nomination from the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role. Afterwards, her career blossomed and she began earning $2 million per film. She starred in many blockbuster films, including Definitely, Maybe, Zombieland, My Sister’s Keeper and The Call. Abigail has 2 upcoming film projects which are set to release in late 2014 and 2015. She will play the lead role in the film, Maggie along side Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film set to release November 2014 is a post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama. The second film called, Final Girl is a psychological thriller and is set to release sometime in 2015.