In a show of solidarity with actors facing financial hardship, a number of Hollywood’s biggest names have opened their wallets in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. The two unions recently teamed up to protest what they see as unfair wages and treatment, bringing filming to a halt across the industry. The strike is focused on better pay, streaming revenue, and transparency surrounding the use of artificial intelligence.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which provides emergency financial assistance to actors, has seen a surge in donations in recent weeks, with $15 million raised so far. Leading the charge was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who made a seven-figure contribution. Other stars quickly followed suit, with sixteen celebrities or couples donating $1 million or more.
Among the notable donors were George and Amal Clooney, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey.
Streep and Clooney were particularly vocal in their support of the cause, with the former rallying others to give generously and the latter calling for a fair deal with the AMPTP. Both stars emphasized the importance of supporting their fellow actors during this historic moment.
As the strike continues, it’s heartening to see Hollywood’s elite coming together to support their colleagues in need. With millions in donations pouring in, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will be able to provide critical assistance to thousands of journeymen actors facing economic hardship.