Hallmark Christmas movies are something that millions of people look forward to every year. They're so popular, we even get excited to watch marathons in the middle of the summer. No matter what time of year it is, there's a holiday Hallmark movie waiting for you to discover it. That way, you can enjoy sugary sweet romances and uplifting stories in the middle of the blazing summer or watch a story about frolicking in the snow with Santa while the flowers are blooming in spring.
It's got to be an amazing job, making these feel-good movies. Imagine being well-loved by just about everyone who watches your content. Putting smiles on everyone's faces. It's Christmas all year round! Plus, you get to snack on candy canes and sip hot chocolate all the time! That begs the question: have you ever wondered what some of your favorite stars on the popular network get paid? How does the per-movie payment schedule break down, and what's each popular actress's net worth, anyway?
While we don't have a specific breakdown on how much all of the lead actresses make in each of their Hallmark Channel movies, we've rounded up the net worth of some of the network's most prominent stars. If you're thinking you might want to take up acting someday and pursue a career like these leading ladies (and why not?), you'll have a little something to shoot for.
Lacey Chabert is estimated to be worth around $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Chabert started as a child actress starring in the Broadway production of Les Misérables as Young Cosette as well as Bianca Montgomery in All My Children. Pretty soon she booked the role of Claudia Salinger on the television drama Party of Five, Penny Robinson in Lost in Space, work as a voice actress as the voice of Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats Go Wild, Meg Griffin in the first season of Family Guy, Gwen Stacy in the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man, and more. Eventually, she made it to the big screen opposite Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried in Mean Girls. She was so funny in the Tina Fey scripted film she even won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team with Lohan, McAdams, and Seyfried.
Chabert told Glamour that even after her Gretchen Wieners Mean Girls fame, it was nothing compared to the passionate fan base she would get from starring on the Hallmark Channel.
"The fans of the Hallmark movies are incredibly loyal and devoted, and it's actually enabled me to connect more with them and the people that enjoy the movies," she says. "They're so vocal on social media, and I don't think I'd experienced that to the level I experience now."
It has also been perfect for her personal life because she was able to keep filming when she was pregnant with her child with husband David Nehdar, Julia Mimi Bella Nehdar. The network has really made her feel like part of the family. As a fan, that's incredibly refreshing to hear.
Candace Cameron Bure
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Candace Cameron Bure is worth $14 million. Bure has been acting for years. Much of her early life was spent starring in the sitcom Full House. In addition to appearing on the classic television series' Netflix reboot, Bure is now a former MVP of the Hallmark Channel, having appeared in five to six films (or more) every year. She starred in most of the network's Christmas movies and had her own detective series, "The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Bure recently departed the Hallmark Channel for Great American Family, stating a desire to "tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them." At Great American Family, she has a multi-picture deal that will allow her to explore similar content to that of her Hallmark Channel days.
But despite Bure leaving the network and the controversial statements she made while departing, she's still very much one of the most notable Hallmark stars of all time, especially when it comes to Christmas content. To many, she's still the Queen of Christmas, sharing that title with Mariah Carey herself.
Danica McKellar is estimated to be worth $6 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. As a young actress, McKellar landed a main role on the TV show The Wonder Years, and we've seen her on our screens ever since.
McKellar told Glamour that she feels like Hallmark movies are more important now than ever because people want to be able to turn on their televisions and just get away from all of the chaos of our everyday lives.
"I feel like the country is more divided than ever, and the extremists on both sides are not making things very pleasant for anyone," McKellar says. "People are looking for a break, they're looking for an escape from all the noise created by this political climate that we're in, and Hallmark Channel provides that.
Though McKellar also left the network for Great American Family to make similar holiday-inspired content, she's still appeared in several films that you can still view on Hallmark Channel. She plans on living a slower lifestyle in the country these days as well, inspired by the very movies she acts in.
Alicia Witt is estimated to be worth $4 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. In the '90s, Witt had a main role in the TV series Cybill playing Cybill Shepherd's daughter. She's been appearing in Hallmark holiday films since 2013 and isn't stopping anytime soon. Witt is also an accomplished musician, which you'll get to see in her upcoming Hallmark film this season, Christmas Tree Lane.
She also told Glamour that working for the Hallmark Channel has been a rewarding experience over the years and she loves being able to personally connect with the fans.
"It's fun to come out with a movie where every day you have a happy ending and it's a sweet love story [or] family story," she says. "I just spent the last week in winter clothes and people I really enjoy working with and Christmas lights everywhere and snow and gingerbread cookies and vegan eggnog. There's very little heaviness on my psyche right now."
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Catherine Bell is worth a whopping $12 million. But Bell has been working in Hollywood for years. She was a star on JAG, Army Wives, and has played Cassie Nightingale in The Good Witch show and TV films from 2008 until the series ended in 2021.
Bell Told Reel Life With Jane that playing Cassie on The Good Witch inspires her as much as her dedicated viewers. Even though it's tough leaving her family behind in Los Angeles for filming, there is so much positivity in the character and the script that it's always rewarding even behind the scenes on set.
"So often, I'm on set, and maybe I'm having a bad day. We film in Toronto, my family's in L.A., and I might be handling some homework crises at home or whatever's going on. And there I am, and there's Cassie's saying some beautiful thing to someone to inspire them and to get them to look at the positive side of life. And it actually affects me!
I've had days where I'm having a not great day, and there I am saying these lines. And as I'm saying them, it's reminding me of those lessons as well. It's kind of the cool, positive effect for me.... I literally find myself being inspired by Cassie."
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