Long before she was making nerd fandom on “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik got her start playing Bette Midler‘s child in the movie “Beaches” when she was 12-years-old and later went on to star in NBC’s “Blossom” for five seasons.
“The Big Bang Theory” might prove to be the most lucrative of her career: when she first became a series regular in season 4, she made $200,000 per episode. That number was bumped up for the final two seasons, earning her $450,000 per episode, or approximately $10 million a season.
James Van Der Beek
Teenage heartthrob James Van Der Beek immediately became a household name when he got his start as Dawson Leary on “Dawson’s Creek.”
Though Bialik made bank with her breakout role, James revealed that a “bad contract” meant he was “paid almost nothing” for the show, not even earning any residuals for his time as the titular character.
James has only had a few smaller roles in films like “Scary Movie” and television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” since then. He also competed in 2019’s season of “Dancing With the Stars” with Emma Slater.
He seems to have traded the glitz and glam of the entertainment industry for a simpler life: he now lives on a farm in Austin, Texas with his wife and five children.
Along with big names like Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell started out her career in the “Mickey Mouse Club” and broke onto the big screen with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kids,” when she was only 16.
Her first big break came at the age of 22 when she nabbed the title role in WB’s “Felicity,” which would later earn her a Golden Globe in 1999.
After starring in FX’s critically acclaimed “The Americans,” which ran for six seasons, she had a small role as a masked bounty hunter in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar
No binge watch would be complete without “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which seemed to seamlessly weave supernatural danger into a world of high school drama and teen angst.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the title role of Buffy Summers, instantly gained household fame for her role, and later went on to star in the live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies as Daphne, opposite real-life husband Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred.
Although Foodstirs may not become as iconic as Buffy herself, the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, has been put on blast recently for his “abusive” treatment of “Buffy” and “Angel” co-star Charisma Carpenter.
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