‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey claims she’s broke
Lena Headey (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Lena Headey may have married into the richest family in Westeros on "Game of Thrones," but in real life, she's not exactly living in the lap of luxury.
For the past three years, the 39-year-old British actress has been playing Queen Cersei Lannister on the hit HBO series, but offscreen, she has claimed she has "less than $5 in her bank account."
According to TMZ, Headey copped to her dire financial situation after her ex-husband, musician Peter Loughran, requested half of their $46,000 tax refund from 2011. (The couple divorced last year after five years of marriage.)
The brunette beauty reportedly offered her ex $6,000, adding that she has yet to be paid for her other acting jobs. Headey insisted that she needs the rest of the money to pay for living expenses for herself and her 3-year-old son, Wylie.
A judge threw out both of their cases, which leaves the situation unresolved. But the question remains: How did a star on the most downloaded show of all time go broke?
For the first season of "Game of Thrones," the Hollywood Reporter estimated the show's budget at $50 to $60 million. And in Season 2, the show reportedly got a 15 percent increase in budget. But even though the cast's individual salaries have never been made public, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jaime Lannister) revealed in an interview with Den of Geek in 2011 that he got more money on network television (he previously starred in Fox's "New Amsterdam" in 2008).
"They pay less, but they do so because they do it right," Coster-Waldau said of "Game of Thrones."
If Headey doesn't see her paycheck anytime soon, we have a potential solution to her $6,000 problem: Apparently the wigs on "Game of Thrones," which are made of real human hair, are priced at $7,000 each.