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Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Oprah Winfrey, Dwayne Johnson, Meryl Streep, Amal and George Clooney have made millions of dollars in donations to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation to support striking actors. Here they are all pictured at separate press events, smiling.

Hollywood Stars Donate Over $15M To Help Pay Bills & Cover Food Costs For Striking Actors

The Clooneys, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey are among the Hollywood stars who have donated US$1 million or more each to support striking actors.

According to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the charity which provides performers with relief during unexpected financial crises, it has received over $15 million for its Emergency Financial Assistance Program in the last three weeks thanks to the industry’s top-earning professionals.

The official list of donors includes: George and Amal Clooney, Luciana and Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman and Debora-lee Furness, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep:

“I remember my days as a waiter, cleaner, typist, even my time on the unemployment line,” Ms Streep shared. “In this strike action, I am lucky to be able to support those who will struggle in a long action to sustain against Goliath. We will stand strong together against these powerful corporations who are bent on taking the humanity, the human dignity, even the human out of our profession.”

Mr Clooney also shared his take: “We stand ready to get back to the table and make a fair deal with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers). Until then, I’m proud to be able to support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and my fellow actors who may be struggling in this historic moment. We’ve stood on the shoulders of the likes of Bette Davis and Jimmy Cagney and it’s time for our generation to give something back.”

So how exactly will the donations help struggling performers?

 

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According to Foundation President Courtney B. Vance, the nonprofit is currently processing more than 30 times their usual number of applications for emergency aid. Just last week, they received 400 applications.

“Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is here to ensure that performers in need don’t lose their homes, have the ability to pay for utilities, buy food for their families, purchase life-saving prescriptions, cover medical bills and more.” He adds that “it’s a massive challenge” but one the Foundation is determined to meet.

The nonprofit has provided a safety net for many actors since its inception in 1985, most recently during the COVID pandemic when the industry shut down. Vance says after putting a call out to Hollywood stars during the current strikes, the response has been “immediate and heart-warming.”

“Dwayne Johnson helped kick-start this campaign by giving a historic seven-figure donation. And, two longtime champions of our Foundation and leaders on our Actors Council, Meryl Streep and George Clooney, stepped up with $1 million donations, emails and many calls to action rallying others to give generously.”

(Feature Image Credits: Lev Radin, Tinseltown, Fred Duval, Lev Radin, Fred Duval/ Shutterstock.com)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.