The Rock Makes Big Donation to Assist Placing Actors

Dwayne Johnson attends the ninety fifth Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.
Photograph: Emma McIntyre (Getty Pictures)

Film stars make hundreds of thousands, however many working actors battle to make ends meet—a problem that’s gotten extra consciousness due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Whereas union members fight Hollywood studios for fair contracts, one of the vital well-known performers on this planet is sharing a few of his luck.

In accordance with a report in Variety, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has made a “seven-figure donation,” actual quantity not revealed, to the SAG-AFTRA Basis (“a non-profit group related to the union, however not a part of it”), answering a plea despatched out to 2,700 of the guild’s highest-paid members to assist offset monetary hardships led to by the strike. (The union has 160,000 members complete, based on the commerce, so you possibly can see how unbalanced the scales are.)

“We depend on donations and grants to supply providers,” the group’s government director Cyd Wilson advised Selection, noting that the group additionally reached out to its most financially solvent members for assist in the course of the pandemic. “However after we hit a disaster like this and we’re going to spend hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in monetary help, that is after we want our high-profile expertise who can afford it, who’re in a scenario to assist others.”

Added Wilson, “It’s the biggest single donation that we’ve ever acquired from one particular person at one time. And what’s wonderful is that that one examine goes to assist hundreds of actors preserve meals on their desk, and preserve their youngsters secure, and preserve their vehicles operating. And it’s not misplaced on me that he’s very humble about this, however it’s a approach to get us began.”

Head to Variety to learn the total interview with Wilson and SAG-AFTRA Basis president Courtney B. Vance—and right here’s hoping different deep-pocketed actors step as much as assist others of their business.


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