'American Pie' star Seann William Scott reveals the tiny amount he was paid for playing Stifler

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By Nasima Khatun

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Seann William Scott has opened up about his earnings from his role in American Pie.

Amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, which started after the actors' union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) were unable to reach terms for a new contract, the 46-year-old actor has spoken out about how much he was paid for playing Stifler in the iconic rom-com.

American Pie, which came out in 1999, has now racked up a whopping $102,561,004 at the box office, $18,709,680 of which was earned at the opening weekend.

However, despite the film's overall success, it seems as though some of the actors weren't happy with their earnings.

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Actor Seann William Scott attends the premiere of "Bloodline" in 2019. Credit: Paul Archuleta/Getty

In a resurfaced clip from an interview back on The Rich Eisen Show in March 2022, Scott opened up about it all.

"That was a lot of money at the time," the star said. "I remember afterwards I bought a used Thunderbird for like five grand, maybe six. I'm like, 'Oh yeah, baby."

He continued: "I don't know what happened to the other two grand because I ended up having to work at the LA Zoo as a churro guy, so maybe it was even less than eight grand."

He then recalled how easy it was to blow the money while he waited for the movie to debut.

"I shot the movie. We were waiting for the movie to come out," Scott added. "I got the Thunderbird, maybe spent all of it on the Thunderbird, maybe it was the entire $8,000, $7000, and then I had this other odd job, then I worked at the LA Zoo waiting for the movie to come out."

Check out what he had to say: 

American Pie went on to have three sequels including American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003) and American Reunion (2012), with Scott reportedly earning $5 million in addition to a percentage of box office gross, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes amid the ongoing battle between SAG and WGA against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with the two former companies joining forces for the first time 60 years.

Many prominent stars have spoken out about the issue including Jamie Lee Curtis, who took to Instagram to post a picture holding some signs alongside the caption: "TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM OF A FAIR CONTRACT WORK!"

Mandy Moore also stood up for underpaid workers in the industry during one of the public protests in Burbank.

"The residual issue is a huge issue," Moore told the outlet alongside former Scandal star Katie Lowes. "We’re in incredibly fortunate positions as working actors having been on shows that found tremendous success in one way or another...but many actors in our position for years before us were able to live off of residuals or at least pay their bills."

Moore continued, telling reporters how she received "very tiny, like 81-cent checks" for the streaming profits for her stint in This Is Us.

"I was talking with my business manager who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies," she said.

Lowes echoed a similar story saying that hasn’t received anything substantial from Disney for Scandal’s streaming deals with Netflix or Hulu.

"If you are someone who has been fortunate enough in our positions to do 120-plus episodes of a successful show in previous years — 10, 15, 20 years ago — that re-airing would be the thing that could sustain you on years where I did this smaller project or I wanted to go do a play or you have kids and you have a family to provide for," Lowes stated.

"And that just not a reality anymore. The entire model has changed," she added.

Featured Image Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty

'American Pie' star Seann William Scott reveals the tiny amount he was paid for playing Stifler

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By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

Seann William Scott has opened up about his earnings from his role in American Pie.

Amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, which started after the actors' union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) were unable to reach terms for a new contract, the 46-year-old actor has spoken out about how much he was paid for playing Stifler in the iconic rom-com.

American Pie, which came out in 1999, has now racked up a whopping $102,561,004 at the box office, $18,709,680 of which was earned at the opening weekend.

However, despite the film's overall success, it seems as though some of the actors weren't happy with their earnings.

wp-image-1263222877 size-full
Actor Seann William Scott attends the premiere of "Bloodline" in 2019. Credit: Paul Archuleta/Getty

In a resurfaced clip from an interview back on The Rich Eisen Show in March 2022, Scott opened up about it all.

"That was a lot of money at the time," the star said. "I remember afterwards I bought a used Thunderbird for like five grand, maybe six. I'm like, 'Oh yeah, baby."

He continued: "I don't know what happened to the other two grand because I ended up having to work at the LA Zoo as a churro guy, so maybe it was even less than eight grand."

He then recalled how easy it was to blow the money while he waited for the movie to debut.

"I shot the movie. We were waiting for the movie to come out," Scott added. "I got the Thunderbird, maybe spent all of it on the Thunderbird, maybe it was the entire $8,000, $7000, and then I had this other odd job, then I worked at the LA Zoo waiting for the movie to come out."

Check out what he had to say: 

American Pie went on to have three sequels including American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003) and American Reunion (2012), with Scott reportedly earning $5 million in addition to a percentage of box office gross, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes amid the ongoing battle between SAG and WGA against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with the two former companies joining forces for the first time 60 years.

Many prominent stars have spoken out about the issue including Jamie Lee Curtis, who took to Instagram to post a picture holding some signs alongside the caption: "TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM OF A FAIR CONTRACT WORK!"

Mandy Moore also stood up for underpaid workers in the industry during one of the public protests in Burbank.

"The residual issue is a huge issue," Moore told the outlet alongside former Scandal star Katie Lowes. "We’re in incredibly fortunate positions as working actors having been on shows that found tremendous success in one way or another...but many actors in our position for years before us were able to live off of residuals or at least pay their bills."

Moore continued, telling reporters how she received "very tiny, like 81-cent checks" for the streaming profits for her stint in This Is Us.

"I was talking with my business manager who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies," she said.

Lowes echoed a similar story saying that hasn’t received anything substantial from Disney for Scandal’s streaming deals with Netflix or Hulu.

"If you are someone who has been fortunate enough in our positions to do 120-plus episodes of a successful show in previous years — 10, 15, 20 years ago — that re-airing would be the thing that could sustain you on years where I did this smaller project or I wanted to go do a play or you have kids and you have a family to provide for," Lowes stated.

"And that just not a reality anymore. The entire model has changed," she added.

Featured Image Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty