AJ Johnson Reveals “House Party” Leads Only Made $4,000

The 61-year-old actress remembers getting more money from Burger King for the 90’s cult classic.

Actress AJ Johnson appeared on Jemele Hill’sJemele Is Unbothered” podcast. She revealed that she and her leading cast mates, Tisha Campbell and Kid’n’Play aka Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin, respectively, only made $4,000 for their leading roles in the classic film, “House Party.” “We all made four grand,” Johnson shared. 

In the film, Johnson’s character, Sharane, and Play have a Romeo & Juliet-style scene, where Play tries to get Sharane to come out. He then bribes her with Burger King. On the “Unbothered” podcast, Johnson revealed that the fast food franchise reached out to include her and Play’s scene in a commercial for the brand.

“Once the movie came out and it was such a hit, Burger King came and asked if we would sign the rights to one of our scenes for a commercial. A Burger King commercial became me in the window when Play says we gotta go get Kid out of jail and I’m like, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’ And he’s like, ‘If you come with me, I’ll take you to Burger King.’ And I’m like, ‘Burger King?!’”

That scene became a commercial that paid the actors more than the $4,000 they were paid to do the film. To AJ’s point, since the film’s 1990 release, it has become a major and classic piece of pop culture. The classic spawned many sequels and in 2023, the powers that be saw fit to make a reboot, starring Jacob Lattimore and Tosin Cole. Let’s hope these actors received more than $4,000.

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