14. Lena Heady – $1.5 Million
Face it, acting is a tough gig. For those who have never worked in the entertainment industry, those legends that abound about struggling actors who are down to their last penny, desperate for work, will take on anything that will let them pay the rent are totally true. This is not only the case for actors, but it is also true for writers, directors, and crew members. It is a feast or famine industry and it will suck the marrow out of the bones of even the most talented and dedicated people.
To make ends meet, actors have to sometimes take on some kind of crazy roles. For the ultra-desperate, they will just have sex on camera because that is always a winner. For some, even if they are not doing something as risky as adult entertainment, they have to take on some roles that may make it difficult to talk about work at cocktail parties. Lena Heady, who plays Cersei Lannister on GoT, is one of those people who reportedly was dead broke before she landed the role of the conniving, evil, incestuous character. Now, she is having money fights with the other crew members in their champagne bubble baths.