Child Star Giovonnie Samuels Speaks Out Amid Hollywood Strike, Shares Emotional Plea About Financial Struggles She’s Faced As An Actress: ‘I’m Asking For A Livable Wage’
It looks like another entertainer is standing in solidarity with the recent actors/writers’ strike.
Child star Giovonnie Samuels recently got candid about the struggles she has faced as an actress in Hollywood and why she is in support of actors striking.
On Monday (July 24) Samuels took to social media to share an emotional video detailing the hardships she has faced while telling the truth about what actors have to go through.
“I need y’all to understand that not all child stars are rich. Not all of us are ballin’. The leads of the cast, they get the big money checks. The supporting cast like myself, we don’t get that. That’s why we’re striking. I’m asking for a livable wage. I’m asking for health insurance.”
Giovonnie Samuels then explained how the last few years have been tough between the industry shutdown due to COVID and now a strike.
“I’ve used my 401K, my savings to survive COVID. I don’t know what money y’all think I have…Between family members stealing from me, or doing a show where they didn’t pay me. Or now, I’m fighting for residuals because executives don’t want to give me a dime.”
She continued, further expressing her frustrations.
“I’m tired. I don’t own a home. I barely own my car. So I don’t know what money y’all think I have but I don’t. I have a job. Got two…I don’t make enough money to qualify for SAG health insurance. But I make too much money to qualify for assistance. But not enough money to pay for whatever procedures I need out of pocket…This is why I strike.”
Giovonnie Samuels is best known for her role as Nia Moseby in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and for being a series regular on All That for seasons 7 through 9. She also starred in Bring It On: All or Nothing alongside Solange.
The Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild are currently on strike together for the first time since 1960, causing many movie and TV productions to come to a halt. Actors are no longer able to appear in productions or promote their work. According to reports, SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and WGA (Writers Guild of America) are both seeking increases in pay and residuals from streaming content. Both parties also want protection from their work being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI).
The SAG chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland believes the strike could continue until next year.
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