After nearly a month of the SAG-AFTRA strike began, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sent a strong message of support to his fellow actors with a 7 figure donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
Actors have had it rough for the past few years, with the COVID-19 pandemic halting most productions, then the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, and now the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) strike. There are approximately 65,000 actors and 11,500 screenwriters that are currently on strike.
As the SAG-AFTRA strike was beginning about a month ago, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation president, Courtney B. Vance, and Foundation executive director, Cyd Wilson, reached out to nearly 3,000 of the highest paid actors in the union. The Foundation executives were hoping to get some assistance from capable actors in order to help those that do not earn as much.
Vance told reporters that shortly after the Foundations letters for assistance were sent out, Johnson’s team responded and put her on a call to hammer out donation details and specifics. Wilson told reporters that “it’s the largest single donation that we’ve ever received from one individual at one time,” also mentioning that The Rock is “very humble about this” donation.
Vance spoke to reporters after the donation was official to show her gratitude by saying, “I want to thank Dwayne for his tremendous generosity, compassion, and initiative to step up in this significant and meaningful way for our community. On behalf of the thousands who will be helped by his historic donation, thank you, thank you, thank you.”