The Rock Makes Large Donation to Assist Putting Actors

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

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

In line 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, in line with the commerce, so you may see how unbalanced the scales are.)

“We depend on donations and grants to offer providers,” the group’s govt director Cyd Wilson informed Selection, noting that the group additionally reached out to its most financially solvent members for assist through the pandemic. “However once 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 once 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 obtained from one particular person at one time. And what’s superb is that that one examine goes to assist hundreds of actors hold meals on their desk, and hold their youngsters secure, and hold their vehicles operating. And it’s not misplaced on me that he’s very humble about this, however it’s a strategy 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 trade.

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