Angela Bassett Eyeing TV History as Highest-Paid Drama Actress of Color
By: ShaCamree Gowdy
Angela Bassett is believed to be making television series history.
The Oscar-nominated 9-1-1 star is among series regulars who has secured a pay increase ahead of season 5, per Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, earning $450,000 per episode. Her salary is thought to be one of the highest wages paid to any actor on network television, male or female, and could be the most ever paid to an actress of color on a broadcast drama series.
Given that Bassett was involved in the production of 9-1-1, which Ryan Murphy designed for her, the news may not come as a surprise to many. She is an executive producer on both the original 9-1-1 and the spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Bassett’s co-stars Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Hinds, Rockmond Dunbar, Kenneth Choi, Oliver Stark and Ryan Guzman are all expected to receive a 25% raise. This is expected to increase again ahead of season 6.
Bassett has long advocated for equal pay in the workplace. She is collaborating with the National Women’s Law Center to raise awareness about the racist and sexist salary disparities Black women face on a daily basis, per Extra TV.