Rachel Bloom gets candid about what she makes and where it goes

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I’m a big fan of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and I adore star Rachel Bloom. Her YouTube channel, racheldoesstuff, is a treasure trove of comedy. Watch my favorite musical number from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which has become a Friday night favorite at Chez Corey, “Sexy Getting Ready Song”. You’re welcome.

The 30-year-old actress and comedienne recently chatted with financial website Wealthsimple as part of its “Money Diaries” feature. She spoke candidly about her upbringing and her financial situation – which isn’t as enviable as you might think. Oh, don’t get me wrong, girlfriend is getting paid far more than I am, but I’m a lowly copywriter at an insurance company and a gossip blog, not the star and writer for a hit comedy series.

In the article, Rachel admitted she “grew up very comfortably” in Southern California as part of an “objectively upper middle class” family. As a student at NYU, she didn’t have the burden of student loans, acknowledging that “when people are like, ‘Oh, you’ve worked so hard!’ I’m like, ‘Well, sure, but I also got to go to theater school with no student loans.’” Rachel did have to provide for her own housing costs, so she worked soliciting donations for her school over the phone while attending school. Rachel confessed that she didn’t “fit in as a theater major” and discovered her comedic talents by hooking up with a sketch comedy group called HammerkatzNYU. She recalled, “I instantly saw I fit in there, and I gradually fell more and more in love with people in comedy and the idea of being a comedian.”

She ended up moving to LA and, like most wannabe stars today, she went the YouTube route, spending $3,000 (“the bulk of my savings”) to make her first video, for a self-penned song entitled “F–k Me Ray Bradbury” in 2010. The video went viral, achieving over 4 million hits, but Rachel said she wasn’t out to make a buck. As she put it, “I made it because I wanted to be my own one-person sketch group.” The video “paid for itself back thirtyfold”, landing Rachel her first writing gig on a Fox animated show called Allen Gregory with a starting salary of $3,500 a week.

Of course, Rachel didn’t get to keep all of that dough, having to shell out “10% to a manager, 10% to an agent, and 5% to an entertainment lawyer.” She later went on to write for Seth Green’s Adult Swim animated series Robot Chicken and created a pilot for a show called Psycho Ex-Girlfriend, which she pitched to Showtime. Although the cable network declined to pick up the show, the CW did, and added the re-titled Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to its 2015 line-up. Rachel admits, “CW kind of came out of left field. We never really imagined Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on a network. It was kind of a dirty show. But we said, ‘Let’s send it to them and see what they think.’ And they loved it and ordered it to series a month later.”

As for her current financial situation, Rachel says she makes about $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before paying her people (including a publicist) and her taxes. While she’s working, she eats for free (yay, craft services!) and says she finds little time to shop. She did indulge in a vacation to French Polynesia with hubby Dan Gregor (who was a writer on How I Met Your Mother), which she said was “really special.”

More vacations and splurges may be on the way, as Rachel recently signed a book deal. She described the upcoming tome as “a mix of essays and short stories. It’s definitely not a memoir.” She revealed that she was “in shock” from the advance she received from her publisher.

One thing about Rachel that surprised me was that, even though the studio and network take care of her hair and makeup for special events, she’s pretty much on the hook for many gigs, at a cost of around $800 a pop. And, as for clothes:

What also has become apparent when I have to get clothes for these events is that I have a normal body. A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren’t in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it’s getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them. That’s the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese.

[From Wealthsimple]

Rachel goes on to say that when she has to buy a red carpet dress, they usually run between $500 to $3000 – and they are pretty much a one-time deal, as Rachel noted, “you want to wear a different outfit for every event because it’s a whole red carpet thing. It’s a lot of dresses. I guess it’s all part of the job. I guess if everything changes, I can always resell them.”

Spoilers for last season of Crazy Ex Girlfriend

The whole article is a very interesting read and it makes me love Rachel even more for her candor and (of course) humor. It also makes me excited for the return of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which kicks off its third season on Friday, October 13. At the Television Critics Association earlier this month, Rachel provided a few hints about the direction of new season. Since her character was left at the altar at the end of last season, Rachel told the critics that her character, Rebecca, is “heading into the season saying ‘I am a strong sexy woman scorned.’” She added “If you thought this show was going to be funny Fatal Attraction, that’s what we are going into the season as.” But don’t worry, the show’s still going to be as funny as it has been, with Rachel musing, “If Rebecca tried to boil a bunny, she would take the bunny and be like, ‘Oh, it’s so cute!’ And then a month later, she’d have, like, fifty bunnies.”

The show is going to keep its musical elements intact for season three as well, even bringing in crooner Josh Groban for season 3 as “a mysterious and helpful stranger who will sing in the show.” Rachel posted the news to Instagram, sharing that “@joshgroban is gonna be on #crazyexgirlfriend but it’s a secret so don’t tell anyone.” Your secret’s safe with me, Rachel.

@joshgroban is gonna be on #crazyexgirlfriend but it's a secret so don't tell anyone

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  1. BengalCat2000 says:

    I love her! The whole cast of Crazy Ex-girlfriend always looking they’re having a blast.

    • Thebees says:

      Me too, I just binged watched on Netflix and now I hate myself because is over and I have to wait for more. Lol

  2. Mama says:

    I can’t wait for it to return. I can’t wait for White Josh (hubba hubba) and everyone else.

  3. marc kile says:

    Did she say manager and a agent does that makes sense to anyone. Forgive me i know nothing about the business end of hollywood.

    • Loopy says:

      Was it Matt Damon who said something like ‘you cant get auditions unless you have an agent,and you cant get an agent unless you have work under your belt’ . Anyways i guess the hollywood system is designed to keep all these people paid, does one need an agent after a point, can you not agent yourself lol. I understand manager ad maybe a PA. Do you have to keep an entertainment lawyer on retainer, and why cant a manager also do PR or agent stuff. No wonder these people are really not as rich as you wold think.

    • jetlagged says:

      I might be getting the nuance wrong, but the agent is the one hustling every day (one would hope) to get their clients as many meetings, auditions, actual work etc. as possible. I think they are also the ones negotiating the fee. The lawyer puts what the agent negotiated into a contract so the actor gets what they were promised.

      A good manager (in theory) keeps an eye on their client’s entire career. They are the ones that point out maybe taking that gig in Saw IX might not the best move even though the money is good, and maybe their client should consider the indie film with the up and coming director that might screen at Sundance, even if it only pays scale.

      • Susan says:

        Exactly. A manager is a high level person mapping out the direction of a person’s career, figuring out what kind of projects they should be focusing on, advising on whether endorsing products or other things are wise etc. An agent is getting the performer their job by sending them for auditions and negotiating their pay when they get offered a job.

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    Love that show!!! My favorite songs are “settle for me”
    And “tap that ass”
    Soooo funny!!

  5. Feedmechips says:

    When this show came out I thought the commercials were so obnoxious. I ended up watching and was amazed by how great it is. Love it.

  6. Ninks says:

    I love this show, but sadly it’s not a hit comedy series. It was the lowest rated tv show to ever be renewed, and it probably because she won a golden globe, so it gave the CW a little prestige. If she hadn’t won, chances are it would have been cancelled.

  7. Lucky says:

    Unpopular opinion, I don’t like this show. While I think Rachel Bloom is talented, I think the show sucks.

    • Faye says:

      Same. I don’t really get it? I’ve watched a few episodes with my husband who loves it, but it leaves a weird taste in my mouth.

      Are we supposed to root for Rebecca or be disturbed by her? All I could think is that if we flipped the genders around it would be super gross.

      I think Rachel is very talented, however, and I hope she continues to create and get work.

      • Pam says:

        Her character is not supposed to be a heroine, in fact she has a song about it in one of the episodes called I’m a villain in my own story. Her show is basically a deconstruction of romantic comedies w very flawed people as protagonists (it’s also one of the most multicultural casts out there). And they also have musical numbers bc Rachel is a theater nerd. Personally I’m not a fan of the CW, but I love this show

    • Alexandria says:

      I guess I can stand the show if it’s on but I can’t warm up to her character because she’s too clingy and insecure most times. I guess I can’t stand too much, for lack of a better word; whining. I’m not sure if the character has mental issues and I do not intend to equate mental illness to whining. It’s like I like the storylines and cast of Ally McBeal but I don’t like seeing Ally’s neuroses in overdose. My favourite female comic will always be Tina Fey.

      • rebellia says:

        That is the whole point? You are supposed to be like, wow ALL of these people are really not quite based in reality – even the people who ‘seem’ grounded. And that is what makes it absurd, fun, play, etc. It does sometimes take a while before you get the message behind the message or song, rather. But once you get it, you are laughing.

    • AuroraBorealis says:

      Same here. I tried to get into it but the show sucks and the acting, it’s just not my cup of tea.

  8. Brittney B. says:

    Adore this show. It deals with depression so honestly, and I’m hoping it gets even deeper into Rebecca’s mental health next season.

  9. Penguen says:

    Love her, love the show.

  10. dttimes2 says:

    i feel like ive read this article before ? Did you guys cover her in another writing??

  11. Malibu Stacy says:

    Honk for Crazy Ex Girlfriend and Rachel Bloom!! I love this show. I know it’s not a ratings hit so that worries me. I don’t want it to be canceled! My fave song is “Having a Few People Over.”

  12. ZsaZsa Fierce says:

    Hi Corey, there’s also an interview on Wealth Simple with Nnamdi Asomugha (Kerry Washington’s husband). It’s really interesting – he’s building Hollywood cred.

  13. ClaireB says:

    I can’t wait for this show to come back! I love rooting for Rebecca to get herself together and spend more than 5 minutes with her therapist!

    My favorite songs are We Tapped That Ass and What’ll It Be. Apparently I really miss Santino Fontana.

  14. The Voice says:

    She should try Rent the Runway and just borrow gowns for events. No need to buy.

    • Beatrix says:

      They have some of the worst customer service out there. Rented a dress as a VIP PRO customer. Dropped return off at my office mail room, so it was delivered back to RTR 4ish days late and they charged me upward of $350 in late-fees. Mind you, I’d never returned anything late before and had been a customer for years and years. Screw RTR.

  15. lucy2 says:

    I LOVE this show so much, can’t wait for its return. Rachel is really talented, as is the whole cast, and I know she worked hard to get the show made. Rebecca is such a complicated, flawed, funny, interesting character.

  16. Moxylady says:

    Why isn’t she using rent the run way

    • Emma says:

      You can’t tailor RTR dresses and she probably needs alterations (we have the same body type and I regularly need to take in the top to my dresses)