I think we can all heartily agree that 2019 was a...hmm, how can I put this delicately...UTTER TRASH FIRE. But hey! At least it gifted us Big Little Lies Season 2 and The Morning Show, both of which were casually masterminded by Reese Witherspoon.
Throughout the span of her highly impressive career, Reese has morphed from a teen movie star (Fear is the greatest film of our time, FACT) into an Academy Award-winning actress and powerful Hollywood producer—and she's been making a ton of cash along the way. Plus, let's not forget her side-hustle as the front-woman of Draper James, her lifestyle and clothing brand.
Reese is basically running a damn empire and her net worth will have you all CLAP-CLAP-CLAP before checking your own bank account and breaking down in tears of woe. Anyway! Speaking of breakdowns, here's one of Reese's moneybags.
^Me to my credit card.
First Up, Reese's Acting Career
'Kay, so Reese has been in ~the business~ forever. As I already mentioned, Fear is clearly her most important movie/the most important movie—but she's also been in classics like Legally Blonde (also good, but not as good as Fear), Election, and Cruel Intentions. Plus, she won an Oscar for Walk the Line. According to Forbes, Reese is one of America's wealthiest self-made women; she nabbed the 77th spot on their 2019 list. She also made the magazine's 2019 list of highest-paid actresses with an income of $35 million that year alone. Meanwhile, CBS News reports that she gets between $15 and $20 million per movie.
Ahem, a Note on Big Little Lies and The Morning Show
Freakin' get this: Forbes estimates that Reese was paid a staggering $1 million per episode for season two of Big Little Lies. There are seven episodes in the season, which *dusts off kindergarten math* means she made $7 million. Cool/normal—but that's nothing compared to what she got for The Morning Show. According to Forbes, she and fellow producer/actress Jennifer Aniston earned $1.2 million for each of the 10 episodes, aka a total of $12 million.
Then There's Her Production Company
It's unclear exactly what Reese earns while working behind the camera with her production company Hello Sunshine, but she's prolific. Last year, the company inked a deal with AT&T to launch VOD (as in, video on demand, as in, streaming!), plus they've created a speaking tour, a book club, newsletters, and even a network of female-centric podcasts.
However, it's possible Reese isn't actually taking home that much from Hello Sunshine, given that she has poured a lot of her own money into the project. As she put it in April 2019: "I self-funded for five years, and it created the autonomy I needed to be disruptive."
Psst: If you want to know more about the big productions Reese has lined up, she is working on dramas for Apple and Starz, adapting the novel Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu, and doing the same for the novel Daisy Jones & The Six over at Amazon. Plus, let's not forget about this casual announcement:
Plus, Don't Forget About Draper James
Draper James is a clothing brand and lifestyle VIBE founded by Reese (with some help in the form of $million$ from outside investors). Unclear what kinda profit she's making from the brand, but they seem to be doing well? ON THAT NOTE, anyone in the mood to buy a cute sweatshirt?
So, What's Reese's Total Net Worth?
According to Forbes, that'd be $240 million. Which is huuuuuge! Meanwhile, I'll just be here with the Starbucks gift card my grandma gave me.
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