For art's sake! The day after she nabbed a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette revealed on Monday, Jan. 12, that she made less on that film than her dog walker.
"It's important to me as an actor to be able to make a living [but] I'm going to tell you something," Arquette, 46, said to WENN. "I paid more money to my babysitter and my dog walker than I made on Boyhood."
Her compensation for starring in the film remains unknown, but since its July release, Boyhood has earned nearly $43.5 million worldwide. That number far outweighs the $4 million cost it required to produce the film.
Arquette noted to WENN that she was personally stunned by Boyhood's immense success. "It blows my mind," she said of the film's three wins (including Best Motion Picture – Drama) at the 72nd annual Golden Globes held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
"We didn’t even know if people would even accept this movie, and then to find, at first, that people were moved by the movie. Winning totally blew our minds. I'm so happy for [director] Rick [Linklater] and so happy for the producers, because they gave four million dollars. They gambled on a movie with no safety net, no contracts past seven years… You could've ended up with nothing."
The True Romance actress spoke in detail about managing her way through Hollywood in a New York Times profile published earlier this month. "I don’t think I would have had much of a career if I didn’t have my son," Arquette told the paper.
(She shares 26-year-old son Enzo with ex-boyfriend Paul Rossi, and is also mom to 11-year-old daughter Harlow, whom she shares with ex Thomas Jane.) Boyhood director Linklater added to the Times: "I liked her gutsiness in performances, and her realness. We talked about her as a young parent, a single parent, a married parent. I can’t imagine working with someone who didn’t really have kids."
Most recently, the actress reprised her role as Special Agent Avery Ryan in CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber.
Arquette expressed gratitude at the CBS' Winter 2015 TCAs in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, telling reporters: "I'm so fortunate as an actor to be working. I was raised by a working actor. I'm grateful for work. I'm interested in this subject matter. I like to entertain people. We made this little art movie [Boyhood]. It's having incredible reception. I'm very grateful for that, so I just feel like I'm having a beautiful moment in my life. I'm grateful for everything."
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