With Game of Thrones finally ending, HBO has officially lost its most beloved show. This, of course, won't slow down the network. HBO has always been known for its ground-breaking shows, such as Six Feet Under and Sex And The City. Many of these series either launched the careers of the A-listers we know today, or employed the skills of more seasoned actors and actresses, many of whom came straight from Hollywood.
Now that HBO isn't paying the $500,000 a pop salaries for the stars of GoT, you might think it's feeling slightly more relaxed in the money department. This, however, isn't true. The network still has plenty of phenomenal shows airing, with plenty of phenomenal actors - who are paid exactly what they deserve. Let's take a look at the 10 highest paid actors on HBO right now!
10 Thandie Newton - $250,000
As you'll see as you go down this list, Westworld is one of the shows that is still going strong on HBO. With the third season set to premiere sometime in 2020, the actors got quite the pay raise in comparison to the first couple of seasons.
Actress Thandie Newton, who plays the role of Maeve Millay on the show, is one of the best paid actresses from the network at the moment. While the first two seasons of Westworld earned her between $100,000 and $150,000 per episode, the renewal of the show increased her pay by a hefty sum of $100,000. Not too shabby!
9 Ed Harris - $250,000
Ed Harris also got quite the pay rise with the third season of Westworld coming around, to the delight of all the fans. Now earning $250,00 per episode, Harris is officially one of the actors employed by HBO who are making some serious money.
Fans might recognize Harris from his previous work as an actor. Far from being an unfamiliar face, the star has appeared in blockbusters such as The Hours and The Truman Show, as well as Field of Dreams and A Beautiful Mind. It doesn't come off as any sort of surprise that Harris delivers such a stellar performance on the show, considering the amount of experience he already has.
8 Jeffrey Wright - $250,000
In comes Jeffrey Wright, yet another cast member of the show mentioned thus far. He was also the target of a $100,00 pay raise for his role as Bernard Lowe on the strange universe portrayed on Westworld. It's very likely that, as the show goes on, both Jeffrey and his colleagues will keep seeing their cheques getting fatter and fatter.
The actor is no stranger to the world of movies and television, having began his career in the early 1990s, with almost seventy acting credits to his name. Amongst them you might recognize fan-favourites House, Boardwalk Empire, and Angels In America.
7 Evan Rachel Wood - $250,000
Queue the fourth member of the show-stopping Westworld. Yes, we know, it might seem like this is the television series that's sucking HBO dry of their financial funds. Trust us, it's not - and you'll see why once we get closer to the top of the list.
Another seasoned actress, Evan Rachel Wood has been gracing our screens for over two decades now. She was nothing short of a child when she began her acting career, but her talent was hard to deny from a very young age. It's no wonder she got as far as she did, and now her accomplishments include a pretty nice raise for her role as Dolores Abernathy.
6 Zoë Kravitz - $428,000
Alongside Westworld, another HBO show broke barriers and became one of the all time favourites of the audience. When it first premiered, the public wasn't exactly sure what to expect from Big Little Lies, but its intricate and suspenseful plot, alongside and all-star cast, quickly turned it into a true sensation.
So much so that it's been announced that the second season of the show is set to premier on the 10th of June, and the expectations couldn't be higher. Of course, this renewal meant a few substantial raises for the cast, including Kravitz, who is now making around $4300,000 per episode.
5 Shailene Woodley - $500,000
Shailene Woodley is one of core characters of the show. She's not as experienced as her fellow co-stars (particularly not Meryl Streep, who will be a part of the second season of the show), but she's immensely talented and showed that she can clearly hold her own against powerhouses like Witherspoon and Kidman.
Her role as Jane Chapman granted her a commendable $240,000 per episode. However, with the show's renewal for a second season, Woodley is going to make somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000, although the latter number is more likely. This means that HBO almost doubled her salary! it looks good on the resumé, and the bank account.
4 Dwayne Johnson - $650,000
If there's a TV show where Dwayne Johnson is the star, people will watch it. Honestly, if there's a puppet show where Dwayne Johnson is the star, people will also watch it. His charisma and talent work almost like a magnet, and even those who don't really fancy football and drama can't help but take a peek at Ballers.
Season five of the show is currently in works by HBO, and the fact that it's been around for nearly half a decade shows just how much love there is for the show. And, of course, our main actor should be getting some serious money - which is why The Rock takes home $650,000 for each episode of the show.
3 Meryl Streep - $800,000
There wasn't a single soul out there who is a fan of Big Little Lies that didn't jump with excitement once new broke that Meryl Streep herself would be a part of the second season of the show. She will be playing the mother of Nicole Kidman's character, and this will grant her a phenomenal salary of $800,000 per episode.
And this makes sense because it's Meryl Streep we're talking about. She's won three Oscars and starred in more movies than many of us can count. The only impressive thing here is that she isn't getting paid more. And walking onto set on a white horse while sipping champagne. Because she can.
2 Reese Witherspoon - $1,000,000
We're finally getting down to the highest-paid stars on HBO. It took the stars of Game of Thrones eight seasons to get to the $500,000 mark but, as much as we love them and feel like they deserve everything the world has to offer, none of them are Reese Witherspoon.
While our Legally Blonde was taking home a reported $250,000 per episode during the first season, the winds blew in her favour when negotiations for the second season of the show came around. And this time, Reese is making a staggering $1 million per episode, putting her net worth at $150 million.
1 Nicole Kidman - $1,000,000
Just like her fellow cast member and friend Reese Witherspoon, all star Nicole Kidman also got a hefty pay rise once the second season of Big Little Lies was announced. Her role on the first season of the show already earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and the new one should bring her just as much joy - and a lot more money.
She was getting paid $350,000 prior to the renewal of the show, $100,000 more than Witherspoon, but both stars managed to snatch a sweet deal that will add some sugar to their bank accounts. Given the success and brilliance of the show, they more than deserve it!