Lupita N’yongo has joined fellow leading Hollywood actors who are lending their support to the ongoing strike of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
In a significant gathering on Monday, she joined forces with other prominent stars to address the pressing issue of the actors’ strike. The union issued a warning that without transformative change the entire acting profession faces a looming threat.
The actors are asking studios for higher pay and tightening regulations on artificial intelligence use in creative projects.
“We didn’t want to strike, but now is the time to take action. Inspired, fired up and united on the picket line with my fellow actors and writers this week. I know we stand on the right side of history for a more fair, secure and dignified livelihood for the many. #SAGAFTRAStrong #WGAStrong,” Lupita shared on her Instagram page.
In a historic event for Hollywood, this month witnessed a momentous shutdown as members of the actors’ guild joined the writers in their pursuit of a more equitable deal. The strike orchestrated by SAG-AFTRA, which includes 150,000 television and movie actors, commenced at midnight on 13 July.
Several actors have participated in the strike directly or indirectly.
Dwayne Johnson has reportedly donated a “seven-figure” amount to The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) amid the strike.
According to sources close to the matter, the Rock didn’t want to reveal exactly how much was donated but his team made it clear it was in seven figures. The money will be used to pay over 7000 writers and other members who belong to the union.
The last time both actors and writers were on strike together was in 1960, while WGA has been on strike since May 2.
SAG-AFRTA, which is the union representing over 160,000 actors, is on strike at the same time as WGA, which represents 11,000 writers.