High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett doesn’t know what Disney is paying him for the show — and he prefers it that way.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett reveals that he doesn’t know how much Disney is paying him. Although it doesn’t have the long history of the MCU and Star Wars, the High School Musical show has been a consistent hit for Disney+ since it debuted in November 2019. As a sign of the series’ strength, HSMTMTS season 4 was given a renewal well before the third season even premiered. A big part of the premise’s success, which follows students of East High as they put on a musical production, has much to do with the strength of a cast that quickly took to their roles.
HSMTMTS has minted a number of young stars from the ensemble. This is particularly true of Bassett, who plays Ricky Bowen, and Olivia Rodrigo, who starred as Nini Roberts. Leading the show for its first two seasons, the duo experienced fast success and intense online interest in their next projects and personal lives. But even as Bassett looks to be a big part of HSMTMTS season 4, he says that he’s not too worried about the salary from the franchise that turned him into a celebrity.
According to CNBC, Bassett doesn’t know how much he makes from his role as Ricky in High School Musical. The actor explains that he’d rather not know and that the decision was influenced by his past experiences of not having money in his bank account. Unless it’s an emergency, the actor would prefer to remain in the dark. You can read Bassett’s quote below.
“I still don’t know how much money I’m making for ‘High School Musical’. That’s a true story. I’ll tell my business managers ‘I don’t want to know. If I need to worry, let me know.’ I’ve lived in my car with negative $1 in my bank account, so I’ve seen both sides of the coin and I choose not to let it dictate how I live my life.”
Bassett explains elsewhere in his remarks that he has no issue with turning down a potentially lucrative movie offer if it’s not a project he’s passionate about, preferring to focus on his music career. These two revelations, as honest as they are, are in line with how the High School Musical lead has communicated about deeply personal matters. In the past, Bassett has spoken about how he nearly died from heart failure due partly to the intense emotional stress of being in the public eye and the subject of online gossip.
Viewed through that lens, it’s understandable that he would want to take a relaxed view of his career and all that comes with it rather than poring over the specifics. At the same, however, as his profile continues to rise, and as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series continues to be a profitable brand for Disney, the young star might want to rethink his hands-off approach. But at least for now, after a few years of portraying Ricky Bowen, Bassett sounds like he’s happy not to be focused on the moneymaking side of the entertainment industry.