Rachel Bloom told Wealthsimple how much she makes as the creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She reveals that she makes between $50,000 and $60,000 per episode of her CW series.
“I make about $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before taxes and paying my reps,” Bloom told Wealthsimple money diary. “I know it’s absurd that I don’t know the exact figure, but it’s because all of it comes in bulk and goes directly to a business manager.”
The Golden Globe winner also confessed that she has to buy many of the outfits she wears due to her size.
“A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren’t in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it’s getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them,” she shared. “That’s the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese.”
The 30-year-old actress grew up “very comfortably” in an “upper middle class” home in southern California and attended New York University without taking out student loans. Though Bloom worked to pay her rent, she graduated with “very little” in savings.
“I spent $3,000 dollars — the bulk of my savings — to make the video [for “F— Me Ray Bradbury],” she said. “It’s had [more than 4 million] hits on YouTube, but I didn’t make it to make money … I made it because I wanted to be my own one-person sketch group. And that song has paid for itself back 30-times-fold.”
The YouTube video landed the actress her first TV writing job on Fox’s animated show Allen Gregory in 2011, for which she was paid $3,500 per week.
“But I wasn’t taking all of that check home,” she revealed. “Remember that I was paying 10 percent to a manager, 10 percent to an agent and 5 percent to an entertainment lawyer.”
Bloom then took a string on non-union jobs with lower pay after Allen Gregory got cancelled. She gives credit to her husband Dan Gregor for supporting her financially.
“If it weren’t for the fact that we were living together there I probably wouldn’t have had the luxury of just being a writer and performer,” she said.
Season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premieres on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.