Though Margot Robbie achieved enormous success after starring in Suicide Squad, her notoriety led to stalking and death threats. She was forced to hire security to accompany her to public events.
Even if she wanted to appear in only independent films, she said would always need a job to support her new lifestyle. “That film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Despite being one most successful television actors of the last decade, Sarah Jessica Parker has said that she is always afraid of going broke.
After growing up on welfare, she wants her children to have a different life, without spoiling them.
“James Wilkie [her son with husband Matthew Broderick] only wears hand-me-downs because I’ve got all these older nephews. Plus, my mother saved all my brothers’ clothes. I am not kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever bought him any clothes,” she told Us Weekly.
Jennifer Lopez claims money can be a blessing and a curse.
When asked about the downsides of celebrity, she said, “Money doesn’t solve problems. It makes some things easier but it just gives you a different set of problems. Everything has a trade-off in this world.”
Tiffany Haddish bucked the celebrity trend of wearing an outfit only once when she wore the same Alexander McQueen white gown to host Saturday Night Live, the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and the Girls Trip premiere.
“The dress was $4,122! So I’m wearing it multiple f***ing times. I don’t care what nobody says — that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill,” Tiffany told the Source.
Cardi B may have hit the jackpot with her career, but she also learned that money doesn’t solve everything.
“One negative thing is that, even though I’m happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money,” she said.
“I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me,” she told People.
Mariska Hargitay is under no illusions she will remain Detective Olivia Benson forever.
“I constantly worry about money. I make a lot now, but I don’t feel that way, because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than I’ve had it. As an actor, if this show ends next year, then what?” the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star explained to More magazine.
Chrissy Tiegen is known for being open about her celebrity life on social media.
Fans were surprised to learn she and her family fly commercial after she tweeted about a horrible flight: “A lot of people have been asking this and I would just like you all to know that a round trip international private flight is like…300,000 dollars.”
Keira Knightley believes life can be just as fun without Hollywood money. She allots herself a $50,000 monthly salary.
“Some of my best, most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places,” she told Glamour.
Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu found that not focusing on the money was the way to succeed in her acting career.
“I don’t measure success with money. I have the freedom of knowing that if I’ve got to go back to being a waitress, there’s absolutely no shame in that,” she told Vulture.
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, but you wouldn’t know it by her lifestyle.
For years, she drove a Volkswagen Eos and lived in the same apartment she occupied before her meteoric rise to success. She credits her frugality to her family.
“I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it,” she said.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t believe in spending more than she has to, despite her millions in net worth. She carried lessons learned from a lean childhood with a single mom into her adult life.
“I use coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?” she told Self magazine.
Jennifer Garner is notorious for living a “normal” life, shopping at Target and going makeup-free.
She learned how to be thrifty from her mom, growing up in West Virginia.
“We had a clothing allowance of $200 twice a year, and that had to buy our winter coat, our underwear, our shoes,” she said.
Zooey Deschanel’s finances were outed during her divorce from Death Cab for Cutie musician Ben Gibbard.
The 2012 report showed that although the New Girl star was making $125,000 per episode, she spent $22,500 per month. The star chooses to spend her money in different ways, such as the $2,000 she allots for charitable contributions each month.
Twilight star Ashley Greene saves a large amount of her salary so she can afford career freedom.
“I want to know that I don’t have to take an acting job for two or three years if I don’t want to, and that I’ll still be able to make my house and car payments and buy food for my dogs,” she told Marie Claire.
Kristen Bell has been a Hollywood darling since her teenage years starring as Veronica Mars on the WB drama.
But that doesn’t mean the The Good Place actress lives a flashy life. She famously spent only $142 on her wedding and openly shares she might steal Bed Bath & Beyond coupons.
Though the average Jane might think the biggest perk of fame is being able to buy anything you want, these celebrities prove that saving money might be a smarter choice.
Fame is fickle, and wise stars understand it might not last forever. Maybe being frugal is something we should all practice, no matter our salary.