Although "The Sopranos" was one of the biggest TV series of its generation, one of its notable stars says she hardly struck it rich on the mobster show.
In a chat with Page Six, Drea de Matteo spoke of her paltry earnings during her early years on the HBO series.
"I never really made an intense amount of money," she said, claiming she only made $500 an episode during the first season.
Drea, who played Adriana La Cerva on "The Sopranos," indicated that her pay increased as her character became more integral, especially during seasons 2 through 5.
"Then I made a couple of thousand and then probably by the end is when I started making series quotes but that money came and went immediately," she said. "I didn't spend enough time on the show to really make money."
Drea was also quick to point out that the cast doesn't make residuals from the series.
After leaving "The Sopranos," Drea went on to work opposite Matt LeBlanc on the "Friends" spinoff "Joey."
"I was petrified of the sitcom format because I didn't think I could measure up," she said. "Matt's a comedic genius and as much as my character on 'The Sopranos' was funny, I'd never worked in that format before with a live audience and things changing by the second."
These days, Drea is hosting a podcast and launching a new wine. She also has an Amazon Prime show coming out and is working on a new film with Kevin Bacon.
"I never prayed for money, I always prayed for health and wellbeing and happiness but never for finances," she said. "This year I'm going to be praying for everyone's health plus a little bit of financial help!"