Another week has passed with no new negotiations between the large studios and the actors and writers on strike. With so many out of work due to the strike, surviving will be a major challenge if it continues for weeks if not months.
Fast and the Furious and Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson responded to a letter that SAG-AFTRA Foundation president Courtney B. Vance and executive director Cyd Wilson sent to the union's highest-paying actors by asking for donations to help striking actors and their families.
To help actors during the Covid-19 pandemic, SAG-AFTRA helped relieve their members financially through the foundations Emergency Financial Assistance Program. The same system will be used to help their members and their families during the strike. Each individual member will receive up to $1,500, however, in extreme circumstances, lifetime members can receive up to $6,000 in emergency funds.
The exact amount of Johnson's donation is unknown but it has been described as 'seven figures' and the "largest single amount a person has ever given the SAG-AFTRA foundation.' Any and all money donated will help anywhere between 7,000 to 10,000 members.
For more information about how you can support the strike and donate to the fund, go to sagaftra.foundation/donate.
If you are a SAG-AFTRA member looking for assistance and how to apply, visit sagaftra.foundation/emergencyassistance