Actors are joining writers on the picket line during the WGA strike
A number of actors have voiced their support for the strike.
On Monday, the Writers Guild of America officially went on strike, after no deal was set by the deadline at midnight on May 1.
A number of groups have voiced their support of the WGA, including the Hollywood Directors Guild and the International Alliance. Now actors are joining in, some even going so far as to join the writers on the picket line.
A number of movie industry professionals walked the picket line
Joining writers on the picket line were Natasha Lyonne, writer Cord Jefferson and Rob Lowe, who were both spotted outside of Paramount’s offices in Los Angeles.
Gillian Jacobs, Ike Barinholtz, and Frances Fisher were also photographed with striking writers. ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ creator Rachel Bloom also shared pictures of the picket line on social media.
Meanwhile, in New York, Aidy Bryant from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Sara Ramirez from ‘...And Just Like That’ showed their support on the East Coast.
“Showing up in solidarity with @wgaeast for the Writers Guild strike and picket line in NYC. Better contracts NOW! The content we consume (and some of us perform) would be NOTHING without writers,” Ramirez wrote in a caption.
Actors who have voiced their support for the strike
Others who have voiced their support for the strike include Elizabeth Olsen, who has spoken out on what she sees as a looming problem in the movie industry.
“We need to reimagine structurally how people can of all levels can continue to make a living now that we have these streaming services,” Olsen said on Variety’s ‘Awards Circuit Podcast.’
“We have to figure it out because it’s not like we will go backward. We will continue to stream, and whether streaming becomes ad-based doesn’t make a difference with how people work on films and TV. Hopefully, it will start a trend of people being protected so that people can continue to earn the way they used to.”
On the 2023 Met Gala red carpet, Amanda Seyfried gave her two cents on the strike.
“I don’t get what the problem is. Everything changed with streaming, and everyone should be compensated for their work. It’s f—--- easy. I don’t get it,” she told Variety.
John Leguizamo issued a statement on the strike, saying: “I stand with all my fellow writers because they deserve what they are asking for and none of it is unreasonable. All the profits are in streaming, and we are not sharing in that wealth. I’m on tenterhooks not knowing what I will do with myself.”