Child stars … they’re just like Use? Kid actors may have the added benefit of making a living before most people get their first jobs, but it can be difficult for young celebrities to cope with fame at such an early age. As with their Hollywood experiences, the money they’ve earned from their hit series and films varies wildly from actor to actor, show to show, movie to movie.
The salary Josh PeckEarned onDrake and Josh — the hit Nickelodeon show that ran from 2004 to 2007 — was “certainly a great amount of money, but not enough to set you up for life,” he revealed on the “Trading Secrets” podcast in April 2022. “And a lot of it we lived on. … I’m not gonna brag: My mom and I had a used BMW five series. We lived in a two-bedroom apartment that offered all the amenities. … We lived a very middle-class life.”
The Happy People Are Anoying author added that there are “no residuals on kids’ television,” so he doesn’t earn any money from the show’s reruns today. “It was like we had 18 months of runway,” he recalled. “It’s as though someone had lost their job.”
He explained, “When all is said and done, we were sort of left after agents and managers and taxes [were paid].”
Peck also touched on the idea that child stars on long-running hit shows most likely earn so much money that they are able to live comfortably for the rest of their lives — without ever having to work again.
“I can only speak to my experience, but I think it’s quite public that if you were on a show like Two and a Half MenOr Modern Family, and you were the kid on a massive network, syndicated show … the case could be made that you’d have enough money to last you for the rest of your life,” he noted on the podcast.
The WacknessStar might not be off base. Angus T. JonesOf Two and a Half MenPeck made three times the amount per episode for an entire season, but he made three times as much per episode Drake and Josh. The young Modern Family actors — Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould Rico Rodriguez — were also earning more per episode of their hit series than the former Nick star made in a season.
Scroll below to find out how much child actors — including Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Millie Bobby BrownThe cast of Harry Potter and many more — were paid for their hit shows and movies.