Acting success is something that is very familiar to Angela Bassett. And, thanks to her role on the drama series “9-1-1,” the 63-year-old actress is really making bank.
According to Deadline, Bassett, who plays the character of Athena in the popular Fox drama series, is said to make more than $450,000 per episode for the show’s upcoming fifth season. Her salary increase was reportedly part of negotiations by the show’s cast ahead of the new season. These negotiations led to salary increases for most of the main cast.
Angela Bassett’s salary per episode of “9-1-1” makes her one of the highest-paid actors – meaning both men and women – in network television. More importantly, her $450,000 per episode salary is believed to be the most an actress of color has been paid for her work in a network drama television show.
In addition to playing the character of Athena, Angela Bassett also has other duties in the “9-1-1” series. She was a major player in the development of the series, alongside popular television creator Ryan Murphy. Murphy is famous for his work on such television shows as “American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Pose,” among others.
Angela Bassett also serves as an executive producer on “9-1-1.” She also works as an executive producer on “9-1-1: Lone Star.” That show is a spinoff of “9-1-1.”
Other Cast Members of ‘9-1-1-‘ Have Also Received Raises
While Angela Bassett’s raise makes her the highest paid actor on the show, other stars are also making bank. For example, actor Peter Krause makes around $300,000 for each episode. This reflects a 25-percent increase in his salary. Krause is the second highest-paid actor on the show. The next highest-paid actor is Jennifer Love Hewitt. She became a part of the cast during the second season of “9-1-1.”
Other members of the show’s cast also received a pay increase. These actors include Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar, Aisha Hinds, Ryan Guzman, and Oliver Stark. They are also reportedly receiving a 25-percent pay increase. This amounts to around $80,000 for each actor per episode. They are expected to make $100,000 each per episode while filming the show’s sixth season.
Let’s get back to Angela Bassett, shall we? She is the star of the show, after all. And, it doesn’t take much to argue that she is more than worth the $450,000 she is getting paid per episode on “9-1-1.”
She has a very solid career in Hollywood that goes back about four decades. For example, according to IMDb, one of her earliest roles took place in “Search for Tomorrow.” She really rose to fame thanks to her performance as legendary rock star Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” She received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the film.
Other hit films during Bassett’s career include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Waiting to Exhale,” and “Black Panther,” just to name a few.