Angela Bassett was back on set of her hit FOX show 9-1-1 looking a lot richer than she did last season.
The 62-year-old actress was photographed in full costume as her character Athena Grant.
Bassett was spotted making power calls on her cell phone while walking around near her trailer. The Black Panther star looked like a boss and she has every right to be.
Not only did she negotiate a big raise but she also has been EP on the project since its launch. Earlier this week, Deadline broke the story, Bassett was able to secure a massive pay raise for season 5 of the FOX show 9-1-1.
The Oscar-nominated actress had her team fight hard to score her new salary of $450,000 an episode. The raise makes her one of the highest-paid actresses on network televisions.
The show creator Ryan Murphy had built the show around her, and Bassett was key in developing the show before it hit the air. Bassett not only stars and executive produces on the flagship show but is a producer on the spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Bassett wasn’t the only person who received a big raise. Peter Krause scored a 25% increase on his salary and will now take home around $300,000 per episode. Jennifer Love Hewitt, who joined the show in season 2, also locked down a nice pay bump. The other cast members Aisha Hinds, Rockmond Dunbar, Kenneth Choi, and Oliver Stark will be paid around $80,000 per episode.
A couple of the actors waited until the very last minute before they signed their new contracts. Season 5 is already in production shooting in Los Angeles.
In the past, Bassett has talked about how much she loves working with Murphy. She said when he approached her about 9-1-1, “There was no script, it was just an idea, but it’s the company you keep.” 9-1-1 was given a straight-to-series 13-episode order on FOX in 2017.
The two had previously worked together on several seasons of American Horror Story.