As resplendent as the life of stardom happens to be, the film industry is, at the end of the day, a source of employment, a means of survival. Even the most accomplished and widely-celebrated actors can’t help being plagued by the inescapable fear of losing their occupation. Turns out the concept of job security exists even within the lavish walls of Hollywood, especially there.
Take Gaten Matarazzo for instance, a young actor who started off his career on Broadway and is now an award-winning celebrity popular across the globe, Hollywood’s poster child of fame and success. But even after earning all this recognition and sitting on a tremendous net worth of around $5 million, the Stranger Things star still fears the uncertainty aligned with show business along with the precariousness of it all.
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Gaten Matarazzo on Stranger Things Approaching its End
Created by the Duffer brothers, Stranger Things has had a stellar run for four seasons and is on the verge of wrapping up its fifth and final season which is currently in production. Now, with its end etching closer, the star cast of the award-winning supernatural drama series is overwhelmed with bittersweet emotions of having to say goodbye. And while the feeling seems to be shared by them all, it’s certainly not the only thing bothering Gaten Matarazzo.
In a recent episode of The Tonight Show, the Honor Society star opened up about how besides being emotional about the Netflix series’ final season, he’s also nervous about what that means for him in terms of both his personal as well as professional life.
“I mean, it’s something that’s so important to all of us and has just been essential to the growth that I’ve had over all of my teenage years into my 20s. It’s the defining aspect of the past 10 years of my life, practically the past decade.”
But that’s not the only reason why he’s going to miss Stranger Things because as great a show as it is and as beautiful as the memories he’s made with his co-stars, the financial aspect definitely plays an imperative role in it too.
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Gaten Matarazzo is Scared of Losing Job Security After Stranger Things
While talking about the show’s last season, Matarazzo remarked how though there’s “kind of an excitement” involved in the prospect of concluding the characters’ journeys after one last ride, there’s also “a deep fear,” especially one pertaining to the future and the haunting question of ‘what happens from here?’ He even revealed how he was definitely going to miss the “job security” that Stranger Things had cushioned him with for all this while.
“There’s kind of an excitement there because you always want to wrap it up and see how these characters are going to finally develop one last time, and how they’re going to finish their journeys. But also there’s like a deep fear. Not only has it been amazing, but it’s been pretty great job security for a while. Back to freelance.”
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Even celebrities are spooked by the idea of an unstable job, and Matarazzo is certainly not the only one. In one of her old interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, Euphoria actress Sydney Sweeney mentioned how she couldn’t afford to take breaks in the film industry because she felt she didn’t earn enough money for that. “I don’t have the income to cover that,” the actress said. “If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in L.A.”
The White Lotus star had even faced immense backlash for her statements at the time. But she’s not entirely wrong in her stance either because even the richest tend to get spooked when it comes to paying bills.
Source: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon via YouTube