Actor Billy Porter claimed that because of financial difficulties brought on by the Hollywood strikes, he is being forced to list his house for sale.
“I have to sell my house because we’re on strike,” Porter said in an interview last week. “And I don’t know when we’re gonna go back [to work].”
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The “Pose” and “Cinderella” actresses claimed that most people have the wrong idea about how wealthy actors are and that they have enough money to weather this strike without drastically altering their way of life. According to him, he has “already been starved out.”
“The life of an artist, until you make f***-you money — which I haven’t made yet — is still check-to-check,” Porter said. “I was supposed to be in a new movie, and on a new television show starting in September. None of that is happening.”
Porter drew attention to a problem that has been top-of-mind for striking members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America: that their reliance on residuals has seen a sharp decline as a result of streaming.
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“There’s no contract for it… And they don’t have to be transparent with the numbers — it’s not Nielsen ratings anymore, the streaming companies are notoriously opaque with their viewership figures,” he said.
“The business has evolved. So the contract has to evolve and change,” the artist added.
The majority of members “don’t even meet the threshold to get health insurance, which is $26,000 a year, and in most jobs that would be considered a part-time job,” according to SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher.
Porter has been in England while on strike, where he has been working on an album titled “The Black Mona Lisa.”
Hollywood actors joined the strike in the middle of July after failing to negotiate an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the union that speaks for all major Hollywood studios.
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Hollywood writers have been on strike since early May. Both groups are on strike at the same time for the first time since 1960.
Paramount Global includes both CBS News and one of the studios involved in the negotiations, Paramount Pictures. Although some CBS News employees are SAG-AFTRA or Writers Guild members, the strikes have no bearing on their employment agreements.