Working actors are taking to social media to share what they really make amid the SAG-AFTRA strike, and it’s incredibly shocking.
It’s easy to assume that any actor or writer from some of the biggest TV shows and movies is raking in millions, but that is far from the truth, as reflected in this New Yorker story about the actors from Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.
Actors Alysia Reiner, Beth Dover, Emma Myles, Diane Guerrero, Taryn Manning, Lea DeLaria, and Kimiko Glenn told the publication that despite the Netflix show’s success, many had to keep their day jobs because of pay disparities and receiving minimum residuals.
In 2020, Kimiko shared a TikTok that revealed she received only $27.30 in overseas royalties, a meager compensation confirmed by her costars Matt McGorry and Beth, that sparked a conversation around the pay disparities for actors on streamable content.
And now, the unfair residuals working actors receive are one of the many harsh realities that led to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
And yes, SAG-AFTRA is joining the Writer’s Guild of America, which has been on strike since May. It's the first time both unions have been on strike together in over 40 years.
Here’s what some working actors have to say (many in response to Disney CEO Bob Iger’s controversial statements) about how much they’re actually making from their residuals:
And here’s a hint — it’s a very unreasonable number.