Scott's $8k 'American Pie' Breakout; Zoo Job Follow-Up

From the big screen to zoo concessions, an actor's journey.

by Nouman Rasool
Scott's $8k 'American Pie' Breakout; Zoo Job Follow-Up

Renowned actor Seann William Scott, best recognized for his unforgettable portrayal of the infamous Steve Stifler in the 1999 hit comedy "American Pie," has recently shared some surprising facts about his early career. Remarkably, he was compensated a mere $8,000 for his breakout role, and once the shooting wrapped up, he found himself serving churros at a zoo to make ends meet.

Scott unveiled these amusing revelations during his appearance on the Rich Eisen Show on Peacock, engaging in a segment titled "Celebrity True or False." Now at 46, the actor nostalgically recalled that at the time, $8,000 felt like a fortune.

He even treated himself to a second-hand Thunderbird for around $5,000 to $6,000, a purchase he relished with youthful excitement.

Scott's Post-Fame Job Mystery

However, a money mystery ensues as Scott humorously recounted the confusion over what happened to the remaining amount of his paycheck.

Despite his newfound fame, the actor found himself back in the job market, landing a gig at the LA Zoo as a churro vendor, hinting at a possible miscalculation of his earnings. In contrast to his modest initial compensation, "American Pie" went on to gross an impressive $235 million at the box office, as per Deadline.

The enormous success led to Scott reprising his character in three more sequels, the most recent of which, "American Reunion," reportedly earned him around $5 million. Beyond the "American Pie" franchise, Scott's career continued to flourish.

He starred in a range of films, including "The Rundown," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and "Role Models." He also lent his voice to the animated character Crash in the popular "Ice Age" movies. Recently, Scott made headlines again, reuniting with his "American Pie" co-star Jason Biggs for a DoorDash commercial.

The on-screen duo sparked a debate over their "best summer ever," rekindling their camaraderie from their high school days in the film. Scott has expressed his love for his iconic Stifler character and the comedy genre, despite its challenges.

In a recent interview with, he even hinted at the possibility of a fifth "American Pie" installment. Ever the optimist, Scott wondered what his character, a man unchanged in a world that's moved on, might look like today, pondering the amusing potential of Stifler's mid-forties narrative.