With her bad dance moves and quirky laughter, Elaine Benes is a beloved sitcom character who is imperfect but manages to be one of the most entertaining people ever. Even though fans sometimes wonder if she could get back together with Jerry, it makes sense that Elaine and Jerry stay broken up, just like it makes sense that Elaine has a lot of strong opinions about everything in life.
Jerry Seinfeld’s net worth is massive, and fans can guess that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was paid a ton of money to play Elaine over the sitcom’s 9 seasons. While the actress has appeared in many movies since then, and she’s also had some starring roles on different TV shows, it seems like Seinfeld contributed to her bank account the most. Keep reading to find out how much of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s insane net worth comes from Seinfeld.
What Did Julia Louis-Dreyfus Make For ‘Seinfeld’?
Although Seinfeld fans hated one episode, it’s fair to say that every time that Elaine was onscreen, viewers were thrilled. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is super talented, and she brought this character to life in a special way.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a $250 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and she made a ton of money playing Elaine on Seinfeld. The publication reported that the cast made a “base salary” of around $45 million. That definitely makes up a large portion of the star’s total net worth.
The publication reported that in 1993, the cast asked for more money and began making $3.8 million a season or $150,000 for each episode. That number shot way up in May of 1997 when they began making $600,000 for each episode of season 9 (or $15 million total). While the cast wanted $1 million for each episode and that didn’t happen, $600,000 is definitely impressive.
While fans would likely guess that Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, and Michael Richards make a ton of money from royalties and reruns of the show, that’s not the case. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David make a lot of money from Seinfeld royalties and the other stars get some DVD sale profits and “residuals” that actors who are part of SAG-AFTRA get, according to Distractify.
What About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s ‘Veep’ Salary?
Veep aired from 2012 to 2019 and fans loved getting the chance to watch this beloved actor play a political character.
Several seasons in, in 2017, Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned $2.5 million per season of Veep.
According to Cheat Sheet, that works out to $250,000 for each episode. The publication notes that the actress is said to have been given a raise for the final and seventh season.
In an interview with NPR, Julia Louis-Dreyfus talked about her Veep character. She said, “Every time I played [Selina Meyer] even at her most heinous, I had to find a way in to make that seem truthful. You know, this is a woman who has been — she’s been in battle a long time, but she is, without really realizing it, a victim of a male-dominated culture, because she herself is a woman-hating woman and does not think well of her sex. So that’s why I was so pleased when we were able to come up with that whole idea of ‘man up’ because … it’s so layered in terms of its messaging.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Also Starred On Another Sitcom
While Julia Louis-Dreyfus is of course famous for playing Selina on Veep and Elaine on Seinfeld, her sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine is a funny show that has many fans. The show aired for five seasons from 2006 until 2010.
In an interview with Variety, the actress said that she understood her character Christine’s parenting. “She has a desire to do well by her child, which is where she is screwing up completely, despite her best intentions. It’s the nature of the beast for any parent. You just hope you don’t screw them up too much.”
In season 1, Christine sent her son Richie to a private school, and she had to deal with the fancy moms there, along with her co-parenting her son with her ex-husband Richard.
It was often clear that Christine and Richard still had feelings for each other, something that Richard’s new girlfriend Christine wondered about as well.
After playing Valentine in the TV show Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is attached to two projects, according to IMDb: the movie Tuesday, which is currently in post-production, and Beth and Don, which is in pre-production. Tuesday is described on IMDb as “a mother-daughter fairytale” and Beth and Don is about a writer who finds out that her husband doesn’t love her writing as much as she assumed that he did.