A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio donate $1 million each to SAG-AFTRA relief fund

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Hollywood’s largest stars have put their cash the place their mouth is and contributed huge sums to a aid fund for actors amid their ongoing strike towards main Hollywood studios

On Wednesday, SAG-AFTRA Basis President Courtney B. Vance introduced the nonprofit raised over $15 million up to now three weeks for its Emergency Monetary Help Program, with donations of $1 million or extra from various A-listers. 

Massive names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey have been amongst these contributing large sums to the aid fund — following within the footsteps of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who in July made a “milestone” undisclosed seven-figure donation, the most important it ever acquired on the time. 

The record of million-dollar donors additionally consists of George and Amal Clooney, Luciana and Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Vigorous, the inspiration stated. 

“Dwayne Johnson helped kick-start this marketing campaign by giving a historic seven-figure donation,” Vance stated in a press release. “And, two longtime champions of our Basis and leaders on our Actors Council, Meryl Streep and George Clooney, stepped up with $1 million donations, emails, and lots of calls to motion rallying others to offer generously.”

Streep, a three-time Oscar winner, stated actors should stand collectively towards firms who’re searching for to take the “humanity” out of their occupation. 

“I keep in mind my days as a waiter, cleaner, typist, even my time on the unemployment line,” Streep stated. “I’m fortunate to have the ability to assist those that will battle in a protracted motion to maintain towards Goliath. We are going to stand sturdy collectively towards these highly effective firms who’re bent on taking the humanity, the human dignity, even the human out of our occupation.”

Regardless of the massive increase of assist, Vance stated there’s nonetheless extra money to lift because the strike continues with no clear finish in sight. 

“We have crushed our preliminary objective as a result of our persons are coming collectively, however we nonetheless aren’t carried out,” he added. “Our fundraising will proceed so as to meet the overwhelming wants of our neighborhood now and sooner or later.”

For the primary time since 1960, each Hollywood actors and writers are on strike concurrently, a transfer that has successfully shut down scripted manufacturing throughout the business. The Display Actors Guild has greater than 160,000 members, though the strike solely impacts the union’s roughly 65,000 actors. 

Editor’s word: Paramount Footage, one of many studios concerned within the negotiations, and CBS Information are each a part of Paramount International. Additionally, some CBS Information workers are SAG-AFTRA or Writers Guild members, however their contracts usually are not affected by the strikes

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