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Celebrities Supporting 2023 Writers' and Actors' Strikes – POPSUGAR

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Stars have been coming together to share support for the Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike since it officially commenced on July 14 after ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) failed. News of the actors’ strike came a little over two months after the Writers Guild of America’s (WGA) labor union declared a writers’ strike on May 2, which many celebrities also showed support for.
The writers’ strike officially reached an end on Sept. 27 after the union reached a three-year agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers the day prior. WGA members will vote to ratify the agreement by Oct. 9, and the deal is expected to pass.
The actors’ strike, meanwhile, is very much still in progress. SAG-AFTRA’s strike had been brewing since the union headed into negotiations with producers in June, aiming to secure better wages and working conditions as well as protections against artificial intelligence, per CNBC. Due to the strike, actors who are part of the union are not allowed to promote their old, current, or upcoming onscreen projects. The writers’ strike, meanwhile, loomed for months after the WGA and AMPTP failed to reach an agreement on their next three-year contract, largely over disputes of compensation for writers. As a result, all members of the WGA vowed not to write or sell new scripts for TV shows or movies until the union votes to end the strike.
Since the strikes began, some of Hollywood’s biggest names have spoken out in support and solidarity. Everyone from Margot Robbie and Cillian Murphy to Keke Palmer and Matt Damon have voiced support for the actors’ strike, which SAG-AFTRA union president Fran Drescher said on July 13 is the result of actors being “victimized by a very greedy entity,” per The A.V. Club. Drescher added, “I am shocked by the way the people that we have been in business with are treating us.”
Drescher went on to highlight the critical importance of the strike as artificial intelligence ramps up. “We are all going to be in jeopardy of being replaced by machines and big business, who cares more about Wall Street than you and your family,” she said in a press conference. “Most of Americans don’t have more than $500 in an emergency. This is a very big deal and it weighed heavy on us. But at some point, you have to say, ‘No, we’re not going to take this anymore. You people are crazy. What are you doing? Why are you doing this?'”
Even before the actors’ strike began, some stars had already begun showing support for the writers’ strike. On June 15, Tina Fey, Sara Bareilles, and Lin-Manuel Miranda stepped out at a rally in New York City’s Times Square to stand in solidarity with the striking writers. Then on June 25, singer-songwriter Muni Long expressed her public support of the strike during the 2023 BET Awards.
Previously, celebrities like Colin Farrell and Pete Davidson supported the writers’ strike by stopping by WGA picket lines in May. Drew Barrymore also showed her support by pulling out of her 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards hosting gig in solidarity with the writers, her rep confirmed to POPSUGAR on May 4. “I have listened to the writers, and in order to truly respect them, I will pivot from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike,” Barrymore said in a statement. “Everything we celebrate and honor about movies and television is born out of their creation. And until a solution is reached, I am choosing to wait.”
However, she provoked widespread ire on Sept. 18 when she shared that she planned to bring her talk show back on air before the writers had reached a deal. After doubling down in a tearful video, she eventually walked back her decision. Now that writers are back at work, her show will return in October, per Variety.
Before the writers’ strike began, many stars who attended this year’s Met Gala on May 1 spoke to Variety about their thoughts on it, with Brian Tyree Henry saying, “I just hope that everyone is treated equally. I hope they get what they deserve and I hope people listen to them. People strike for a reason.” Amanda Seyfried also spoke to the outlet on the red carpet and said, “I don’t get what the problem is,” adding that the strike is “necessary.” “Everything changed with streaming and everyone should be compensated for their work. It’s f*cking easy.”
Elsewhere, TV creators like “Abbott Elementary” star Quinta Brunson told AP News, “I’m a member of WGA and support WGA, and them getting — we, us — getting what we need.”
Since the strikes kicked off, many TV shows and movies have been forced to shut down production (i.e., filming and airing new episodes), including “Saturday Night Live,” which canceled an episode that was to be hosted by show alum Davidson. On May 3, “SNL” star Bowen Yang, who joined the strike, told The Hollywood Reporter of the comedy sketch show, “I’m really disappointed. We had a few good shows left, I think. We all came back rested and ready to work on Monday.” He added, “Pete was very excited to host, even though he knew there was a big asterisk on the week, and there was a looming possibility it might not happen. I think we were all ready to give it our all for the next three weeks before the season ended.”
Other celebrities who have shared support for the actors’ and writers’ strikes include Penn Badgley, Billy Porter, Jeremy Allen White, Jennifer Garner, Daniel Radcliffe, Lupita Nyong’o, Auli’i Cravalho, Hilary Duff, George Clooney, Brian Cox, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kerry Washington, Jason Sudeikis, America Ferrera, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Mark Ruffalo, Mariska Hargitay, Lisa Ann Walter, Ayo Edebiri, and many more. Scroll ahead to see which other stars have supported the strikes.
The star joined the picket line in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. Prior to the actors’ strike, he also showed support for the writers’ strike in its early days as he accepted several awards at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, paying tribute to Hollywood writers in his acceptance speech. “Craig and Neil can’t be here,” he said, referring to “The Last of Us” writers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. “We are all . . . standing in solidarity with the WGA that is fighting very hard for fair wages,” he continued. “We thank you, we love you.”
The star stepped out to support the strike on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles.
The David Lynch film stars both walked the picket line in New York City on Sept. 19.
The “You” star also joined the picket line on Sept. 19 in New York.
“The Bear” star and the iconic ’80s star joined forces on the picket line in New York City on Sept. 19.
Hunnam and other “Sons of Anarchy” cast members joined a march and rally in Los Angeles on Sept. 13.
The actor showed his support for the strike on Aug. 10 and then again on Aug. 29, when he was joined by fellow “Breaking Bad” stars Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, and more.
Banks and Adams walked the picket line in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.
Mulroney stepped out in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.
Washington gave a speech at an Aug. 22 rally outside Walt Disney Studios. “We deserve to be able to be paid a fair wage. We deserve to have access to healthcare,” she said, per USA Today. “We deserve to be free from machines pretending to be us. The dream of being a working artist, the dream of making a living doing what we want to do, should not be impossible.”
Eisenberg joined the picket line outside HBO and Amazon’s New York City offices on Aug. 22.
The Oscar-nominated “Oppenheimer” actor picketed with SAG-AFTRA in Los Angeles on Aug. 15.
The star of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” picketed in NYC on Aug. 14.
The “The Umbrella Academy” actor looked hopeful as he picketed alongside his fellow actors in NYC on Aug. 15.
Criss joined the picket line in Los Angeles on Aug. 14.
On Aug. 4, Billy Porter revealed the strike has affected him financially in a significant way. “I have to sell my house,” the actor told the Evening Standard. “Because we’re on strike. And I don’t know when we’re gonna go back [to work]. The life of an artist, until you make ‘f*ck you’ money — which I haven’t made yet — is still check-to-check. I was supposed to be in a new movie, and on a new television show starting in September. None of that is happening.”
He also criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger, who had previously called the strike’s demands “not realistic.” “To hear Bob Iger say that our demands for a living wage are unrealistic?” Porter said. “While he makes $78,000 a day?”
Feldstein showed her support for the strike in New York City on July 26.
Hargitay picketed with SAG-AFTRA and the WGA in Los Angeles on July 26.
Farrell joined the SAG-AFTRA picket line in Los Angeles on July 26. Previously, Farrell showed up at the picket line outside of Paramount Global’s Times Square offices on May 25 to show support for the WGA strike. “Writers are everything to us,” he said, per Variety, adding that he knows the writers will reach a settlement “because the stare down going on is so f*cking boring.” He also called the ongoing strike “a testament to the arrogance of those at the top that these people are now out of work and can’t because they are doing the right thing.”
Taylor supported the strike on July 26 in Los Angeles.
Jamil joined the picket line in Los Angeles on July 21 and July 26. “We came, we saw, we struck…?” she wrote in an Instagram post shared on the 21st. “Amazing to see so many people picketing today. Hundreds on the line I was in today. A feeling of solidarity, mutual rage and a shared passion for art. We were all also sweating our bloody balls off. We are an industry of people encouraged by studios to have a scarcity mindset, and to see each other as competitors. And this moment has obliterated that culture. We are as one, we are together, and we are going to fight this corporate greed like a brick wall.”
Dawson picketed in Los Angeles on July 25.
Slater spoke at SAG-AFTRA’s “Rock The City For A Fair Contract” rally in New York City on July 25. “I feel called to support actors like my father, who may not be household names but who deserve to live and die with dignity all the same,” Slater said, per NPR. “Since his death, it’s become clear to me how integral union membership was to his dignity and survival. Living with mental illness harmed his ability to accept help, even medical care. A lot of people gave up on him, but his unions never did.”
Chastain also showed support for SAG-AFTRA in New York City during the “Rock The City For A Fair Contract” rally on July 25.
The “Breaking Bad” star spoke during the “Rock The City For A Fair Contract” rally in Times Square on July 25.
Moretz also stepped out for the rally in New York City on July 25.
Buscemi also spoke out in support of the strike during the rally in Times Square on July 25.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez joined a protest in front of Netflix’s New York City office on July 24. “While this is a fight against AI, more than AI, this is a fight against greed. How many private jets does David Zaslav need? For real. How many private jets do the CEOs need?” she said on the picket line, referencing Warner Bros Discovery’s CEO. “It is insatiable. It is unacceptable,” she continued, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I do not know how any person can say I need another $100m before another person can have healthcare.”
On July 24, SAG-AFTRA Foundation president Courtney B. Vance told Variety that Johnson had donated a large sum to SAG-AFTRA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which works to provide financial relief to many of the union’s members impacted by the strike. “It was a love fest. It’s like, ‘Man, you’re stepping up in a way that is allowing others to know the dire necessity of it,'” Vance told the outlet of Johnson’s support, adding that the exact amount Johnson donated will remain under wraps. “This is him saying, ‘In such a time as this, I’m here and I’m not going anywhere, whatever you need me to do.’ And that sends a huge message to other folks to do the same thing.”
White joined the picket line in Los Angeles on July 21.
Williams joined the picket line in New York City on July 18. “Residuals. Healthcare. Fair wages. F*ck AI. Donate if you can,” he captioned an Instagram post supporting the strike.
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On July 22, Garner shared her support for the strike on Instagram. The actor posted a photo of herself holding a picket sign and another showing an empty Fox Studios. “I’m proud to walk in solidarity with my fellow SAG members and in support of @wgaeast @writersguildwest, but picketing in front of FOX Studios was sobering,” she wrote in part. “One year ago I was shooting on this lot and it was bustling with artists of every stripe: cameramen and women, grips, electric, costumers, grounds people, props, production offices, hair and makeup, caterers. What is summer like for them this year?”
Garner continued, “I am walking as one of the lucky ones and every day I’m grateful. It will take all of us working together on both sides to evolve our industry, to set future generations of artists up for sustainable careers, and to get ourselves and our beloved colleagues back to work.”
The Harry Potter star stepped out on the picket line in New York City on July 21 with his girlfriend, Erin Darke, and their newborn son.
Nyong’o was one of the stars who showed up on the picket line in New York City on July 20. She was also reportedly in attendance at an informational Zoom meeting held by SAG-AFTRA on July 13, per Variety.
“The Sopranos” stars Imperioli and Schirripa both stepped out to support the actors’ strike on July 20 in NYC.
Silverman also joined picketers in New York City on July 20 to support the SAG-AFTRA strike.
The “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” stars were spotted at the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York City on July 17 to support their fellow striking actors.
On July 19, Madison shared a photo from the day on Instagram and wrote, “Beyond proud and filled with appreciation to stand in solidarity with the WGA and #sagaftra, and to be a witness to all of the unions standing firm, strong and UNITED.” She continued, “This truly is a moment in history, and is simply a choice of right or wrong. What our unions are asking for couldn’t be more fair or reasonable, and we are at a pivotal moment where the safety of humanity is being threatened. I love what I do with every ounce of me. I started when I was 3 years old, and got my sag card in 2006…”
The actor continued, “Nothing is more magical or special than being a witness to hundreds of humans, sharing their talents, their hearts, their time, their passion and their belief all for the sake of creating art for people to sit down, escape and enjoy.” Madison noted that it “takes a village” to bring something to the screen, and that the energy during picketing was “palpable.”
“Making movies and making shows is all I’ve ever known, and my entire heart is ever beating for this industry, and everyone a part of it. I’ll be on the picket line,” she concluded.
Christian Slater and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”‘s Marin Hinkle were spotted picketing together in New York City on July 19.
On July 18, in an interview promoting her partnership with the brand SHEBA and their efforts to protect coral reefs, the “Moana” star told POPSUGAR that she’s throwing all her support behind the strike.
“I am so very proud to stand in solidarity with my union and with the WGA,” she said. “I always believe in fair wages. I believe in fair deals. Looking into not only my career, but also this kind of advocacy work — we need people who will open doors for us. We need people who will burst them wide open. I’m really glad to stand with them, and to really think about what this means for our career. We’re in an unprecedented time, but we’re also in unprecedented time for the world with the climate crisis as well. So I’m really grateful for the time to dive further into this advocacy work, and to think about what is fair, what is right, and what is equitable across so many platforms. And I look forward to a resolution.”
Moore opened up about the reality of paychecks in the streaming era in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on July 18. “The residual issue is a huge issue,” Moore said while on a picket line in Burbank. “We’re in incredibly fortunate positions as working actors having been on shows that found tremendous success in one way or another . . . but many actors in our position for years before us were able to live off of residuals or at least pay their bills.” Moore also revealed that she received “very tiny, like 81 cent checks” from streaming residuals for “This Is Us.” “I was talking with my business manager, who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies,” she added.
Hudgens stepped out in Los Angeles on July 18 to support the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Fisher shared a photo of themself and “The Summer I Turned Pretty” star Lola Tung picketing on Instagram on July 19. “Member since ’08 #sagaftrastrong,” the star wrote.
On July 17, the “How I Met Your Father” costars walked the picket line in Los Angeles, where Duff sang along to her hit “What Dreams Are Made Of,” as seen in a video shared by Deadline.
In a recent interview with POPSUGAR, Raisa talked about the likelihood of the show getting a third season and said, “We want to keep going. We just don’t know yet. There’s so much happening within the industry that everything is kind of up in the air. And honestly, I stand in solidarity with the writers.”
She added, “So hopefully we get to come back sooner than later, but I feel like it’s only fair enough for everyone to get what they deserve.”
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The “Never Have I Ever” stars hit the picket lines in Los Angeles on July 17. Young wrote on Instagram, “Friends who strike together, stay together. #sagaftrastrong #wgastrong.”
In her own post, Moorjani penned a heartfelt message about the importance of the actors’ strike and its impact on the future of Hollywood.
The “Little Mermaid” star was seen picketing in New York City on July 17 to support the actors’ strike.
The “Bel-Air” actors walked the picket line in Los Angeles on July 17 in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
Dawson walked the picket line in support of the strike in Los Angeles on July 17. The “Ahsoka” star was also spotted picketing on July 19.
On July 17, the actor stepped out in New York City to support the strike.
On July 12, the “Barbie” star told Sky News that she supports the strike. “I very much am in support of all the unions and I’m a part of SAG, so I would absolutely stand by them,” she said.
“Sending love to all my fellow actors and writers,” Palmer wrote on Twitter on July 13. “Praying that this is resolved swiftly and we all come out feeling empowered! Families have to be fed but people have to and deserved be respected for their work as well. 💪🏾”
“We stand in solidarity . . .” Cattrall wrote on Twitter on July 13 alongside a photo of her standing next to SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher.
The “And Just Like That” and “Sex and the City” star voiced her support for the actors’ strike on Twitter on July 13. “The @sagaftra strike has at last arrived,” she wrote. “I am proud to be standing tall with the @WGAWest and @WGAEast as actors and writers together demand a fair share of the record-breaking profits the studios have been reaping from our labor for far too long.”
Nixon has also been actively supporting the writers’ strike since it began. She joined picketers on May 3 and told Deadline of supporting the strike, “I feel like it’s important to be out here because writers are some of my best friends and some of my heroes.” She added, “Without writers, there would certainly be no books but, as it pertains to me, there would be no television, there would be no film, and there would be no theater.”
“It’s incumbent on all of us to care about writers and creative television and movies,” Nixon continued. “To come out here and show support that we can end this quickly, and not let it drag on and on.”
“I stand with my fellow #SAGAFTRAMembers during the #SAGStrike alongside the #WGA in their fight,” Spencer wrote on Instagram on July 13, also sharing a copy of the Teamsters, IATSE, WGA, and DGA’s statement of solidarity with SAG-AFTRA. “And I support the many skilled unionized workers across all industries that deserve fair compensation. We cannot do it without each other.”
“Yeah, it’s a very strange time and we’re very uncharted, and I don’t know what to expect, but I feel proud to stand in solidarity with my fellow film community, like my second family,” the “Daisy Jones & The Six” star told Vanity Fair in a July 12 interview. “I love this community so much and I love the support within this community, and I’m hoping for a resolution soon. I think, of course, there’s concern. There’s people that aren’t able to work at the moment who need to be working. I don’t think it would be good to put all these screenwriters and actors out of jobs for very long. So again, I’m really hoping that they can come to terms and figure it out sooner than later.”
“I just stand by my colleagues. That really is all I have to say about that at this point,” Murphy told Deadline while promoting “Oppenheimer” on July 13 when asked about the strike. Murphy and “Oppenheimer” costars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt went on to walk out of the premiere that night after the strike was made official.
Clooney voiced his support for the strike in a statement shared with Deadline. “Actors and writers in large numbers have lost their ability to make a living,” he said on July 14. “This is an inflection point in our industry. For our industry to survive that has to change. For actors, that journey starts now.”
Cox shared support for the strike during a July 14 Sky News interview. He also said that he believes the strike “could get very, very unpleasant” and “could go on for quite some time,” adding that he expects that “they’ll take us to the brink and we’ll probably have to go to the brink” and saying he thinks the strike “may not be solved . . . until towards the end of the year.”
Cox also voiced his solidarity with the WGA, saying that without writers, “we have nothing . . . That’s why we have shows like ‘White Lotus,’ like ‘Succession.'”
Ralph reflected on the actors’ strike in a statement shared with Vanity Fair on July 14. “Strikes are very difficult. Nobody wants to be in strike mode, but sometimes you have got to do what needs to be done,” she said. “And I know as difficult as it is, people have to remember if real workers did not come together and organize, none of us would have a weekend. Because there was a time where workers worked seven days a week and it was unheard-of for them to get time off. So I just want everybody to understand that this isn’t about making more millions of dollars, because quiet as it’s kept, at least 80% of our union are plain old, ordinary, hardworking people who haven’t gotten a cost of living raise in 40 years, who are depending upon the kindness of big corporations, many of whom sometimes don’t really know what it is to be an artist. God bless them, you need people who can crunch numbers, but when it starts to crunch people, that’s not good. That is not good. And there’s something that must be changed about how business is done in show business in Hollywood, because the artists, the performers, the writers, are getting squeezed and it’s not right.”
Ralph has also been a steadfast supporter of the writers’ strike since its inception. On May 3, the “Abbott Elementary” star wrote in a tweet, “I stand with the writers ✍️ This is the first @WGA writers’ strike in 15 years. The last time it happened in late 2007—it lasted for 100 days. If the two parties can’t come to an agreement soon, the effects of this strike will be felt throughout Hollywood for months to come.” That same day, she tweeted photos from the picket lines as a member of the SAG-AFTRA.
Damon addressed the stakes of the actors’ strike before it became official during the “Oppenheimer” premiere in London. “If our leadership is saying that the deal isn’t fair, then we gotta hold strong until we get a deal that’s fair for working actors,” he told Deadline on July 13. “It’s the difference between having healthcare and not for a lot of actors, and we gotta do what’s right by them.”
“SAG/Aftra joins the writers on strike!” Smart wrote on Instagram on July 14. “I hope our wonderful indispensable fans understand we are striking not just for ourselves but for the future and the literal survival of the entertainment industry.”
The “Hrs & Hrs” singer-songwriter shared a powerful message at the 2023 BET Awards acknowledging the WGA’s strike, telling audience members, “I must take a moment to acknowledge and stand in solidarity with the artists who make us laugh, cry, and most importantly, think — our Writers Guild of America family.” Long continued, “Writers are, in many instances, the glue to the execution of artistry and storytelling. Our ability to extract emotion from performers, helping them to articulate their voices and vision to the world is irreplaceable. The protection of the writer is crucial. We simply must protect our intellectual property.”
Miranda stepped out at the WGA Strike Broadway Day Rally in Times Square on June 15 to support the strike. “None of these streets exist. None of your favorite movies exist. None of your favorite TV shows exist without writers. We deserve to live with a living wage,” he said during his speech, before playing the song “My Shot” from “Hamilton.”
Fey also attended the June 15 rally and was seen alongside Miranda. It’s not the first time Fey has shown support for the WGA — she previously joined the picket line with fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen near the beginning of the strike, per Deadline.
Bareilles, herself a WGA member, also gave a rousing speech at the June 15 rally. “When I think about what’s going on, how they’re trying to take away the right to write human stories from human beings and how powerful we are when we all come together, it’s really thrilling and it’s really chilling,” Bareilles said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “So thank you for your energy and your efforts, and I stand with my writer friends.” She went on to belt out her hit song “Brave.”
Sarandon picketed with writers in New York City on May 23. “I support all unions,” she said, per Deadline. “We’re nothing without writers . . . I’m here in solidarity.”
This is what I would be doing on TV without writers.

Writers are asking for fairness: when the studios invest millions into producing a film or series, they can pay for the value writers create. #WGAStrong #WGAStrike @WGAEast @WGAWest pic.twitter.com/CVQwBZocQC
Patinkin shared a video on Twitter supporting the strike on May 8. “Writers are asking for fairness: when the studios invest millions into producing a film or series, they can pay for the value writers create,” he wrote in a tweet. Two days later, he was spotted on the WGA picket line with Bob Odenkirk. “We’re nothing without our writers,” he told a Deadline reporter on the scene.
Saul’s unite! #wgastrong

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The “Better Call Saul” star joined Patinkin on the picket line on May 10. “It’s a shame that we have to do this, but writers need to be able to pay their bills and live a decent life when they’re writing this great material that we’re all getting to do,” he told Deadline.
On July 19, Odenkirk opened up about the SAG-AFTRA strike in an interview with TheWrap. Asked about a report from The Hollywood Reporter that Tom Cruise has asked the union for a waiver to keep promoting “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part 1,” Odenkirk said, “Don’t. It’s a strike.” He explained, “Strike. You lose. We lose. Everybody loses. That’s tough sh*t.”
Odenkirk was picketing with actor Ike Barinholtz, who said, “Yeah, we all are in this together and if some of us are starting new projects and promoting others, that’s gonna cause dissension. We need the opposite. We need solidarity.”
Odenkirk added, “Sometimes you have to do the hard thing.”
Davidson’s gig as “Saturday Night Live” host was canceled by the strike, but the star showed up on the picket line to share his support on May 5 — even delivering pizza to striking workers, per Today.
Thank YOU, @JENCOOLIDGE 🫶🍿🏆 Welcome to the Comedic Genius Award Club! #MTVAwards pic.twitter.com/CLH78d1bP3
Coolidge received the Comedic Genius Award at the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 7, which still aired — though was not broadcast live due to the strike. “Almost all great comedy starts with great writers,” Coolidge said in her acceptance speech. “. . . I stand here before you tonight side by side with my sisters and brothers from the WGA that are fighting right now, fighting for the rights of artists everywhere.”
Barrymore called off her hosting duties for the MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired on May 7, to stand in solidarity with the writers’ strike. “I’ll be watching from home and hope you will join me,” she said in a statement to POPSUGAR. “I thank MTV, who has truly been some of the best partners I have ever worked with. And I can’t wait to be a part of this next year, when I can truly celebrate everything that MTV has created, which is a show that allows fans to choose who the awards go to and is truly inclusive.”
After some social media users called on Brunson specifically to help aid striking writers, the TV creator tweeted, “I don’t use this app anymore because it honestly is a bit much for me- but I just want to clarify this- I am a writer. I’m in the wga. I’m also on strike!” She added, “I have no real power here other than to join my union in demanding fair compensation for writers! #wgastrong.”
In another tweet, Brunson wrote, “This week you’ll probably find me on picket line. This strike also isn’t about me, and I don’t want to make it about me. It’s about all writers 🙂 support the wga. No show or movie you love is written without… writers.”
Per a photo featured in another tweet, Brunson was seen on the picket lines in Los Angeles holding a sign that read “AI can’t write Tariq’s raps!” as a nod to one of her “Abbott Elementary” characters.
Yang spoke to THR as he picketed for the strike in New York on May 3 alongside fellow WGA members. The “SNL” cast member, who’s also a member of the SAG-AFTRA, said he felt for “the new cast and the new writers who started out [on ‘SNL’ this season] — they didn’t get a chance to ring in the end of their first season, which is always a big milestone.”
He added, “I feel very lucky that I’m intersecting in both those things,” referring to being part of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. “A lot of people in the industry are members of multiple guilds, and I think it’s important that we show some solidarity as we can among the unions — especially since they’re also negotiating with the alliance.”
At the 2023 Met Gala, Wilde said in a red carpet interview, “I support the writers.” “I think it’ll affect all of us,” she added. “It’ll affect every part of the industry and people beyond the industry, but, you know, we have to stand up for our rights. I support unions. They’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what they deserve and I wish it didn’t have to come to this.”
Lowe, who was spotted on the picket lines in Los Angeles on May 2, told Deadline, “I’m in solidarity with so many people. Mike Shur, who I’ve loved working with, my son John Owen, who I’ve created a show for Netflix with. We’re only as good as the writing we get.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian canceled his For Your Consideration event tied to his new Netflix special, “Baby J,” that was scheduled to take place on May 6. Mulaney’s spokesperson confirmed to the publication that his decision came amid newly released strike rules that note writers “should let the company know you are prohibited from making these promotional appearances about your work until the strike concludes.” Reps for Mulaney did not respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment.
On the “Variety Awards Circuit” podcast, the “Love & Death” star said of the writers’ strike, “We need to reimagine structurally how people of all levels can continue to make a living now that we have these streaming services. Actors who used to be able to live off residuals — can’t anymore because they get paid for one day. And it goes on a streaming service, and they don’t see a penny after.”
On May 3, Variety reported, per two sources, that Meyers intends to pay his “Late Night” staffers three weeks’ worth of wages while his program remains shut down due to the writers’ strike. POPSUGAR reached out to Meyers’s reps but did not receive a response.
Same as Meyers, Variety noted that the “Tonight Show” host will also reportedly try to pay his late-night show staff three weeks of pay while his show stays on hiatus amid the writers strike. POPSUGAR also reached out to Fallon’s reps and did not receive a response.
During the May 1 episode of “The Late Show,” Colbert showcased a collage photo of his show’s writers on screen, along with himself as a WGA member, and said, “They are so important to our show.” He added, “Without these people, this show would be called ‘The Late Show With the Guy Rambling About Lord of the Rings and Boats For an Hour.'”
Colbert also stressed the importance of the WGA and AMPTP’s negotiations, saying, “Everybody, including myself, hopes both sides reach a deal. But I also think that the writers’ demands are not unreasonable. I’m a member of the Guild, I support collective bargaining. This nation owes so much to unions.”
On April 11, before the strike, Lynskey quote-tweeted a message from the WGA West on Twitter and wrote, “I stand with the WGA members voting to strike! The main thing any of us have to go on when choosing a project is the quality of the script. It’s everything. There is no industry without writers. They deserve to be able to make a living!”
The “Broad City” star and cocreator joined picketers in New York City on May 3 to support to ongoing strike, during which she told The Hollywood Reporter, “We need living wages, our basic needs met, and the writing portion of TV and film has been squeezed and squeezed and squeezed over the last few years and it really shouldn’t be surprising to the big studios that the human beings who are creating this content, who are the beating hearts and minds of this behind this art and content want to be treated with basic dignity.”
On May 3, during a panel with Variety‘s Executive Music Editor Shirley Halperin and Gamma’s Larry Jackson, Snoop Dogg shared his thoughts on today’s “f*cked up” streaming models that have led writers to strike over proper compensation. “The writers are striking because [of] streaming, they can’t get paid,” the rapper said. “Because when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office. I don’t understand how the f*ck you get paid off of that sh*t. Somebody explain to me how you can get a billion streams and not get a million dollars? That’s the main gripe with a lot of us artists is that we do major numbers . . . but it don’t add up to the money. Like where the f*ck is the money?”
The comedian tweeted a photo of herself picketing on May 2 and wrote on Twitter, “Here we go again! #wgastrong.”
The filmmaker and TV creator, who’s gearing up to release his Prime Video series “I’m a Virgo” this summer, tweeted on April 30 that he wouldn’t be promoting his show should the strike commence. “U know hard I promote I’m A Virgo. Posting&reposting anything that helps do that. That ALL stops soon as a #WGAStrike is called. Its a move showrunners r making in hopes2make negotiations go faster. Still hope ppl see the show, but I wont put in work for it during the strike.”
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