This ‘Stranger Things’ Actor Reveals How Negotiating for SAG-AFTRA Felt Like Having “a sinking feeling” During the Past Few Days Against Major Studios

Published 07/15/2023, 8:31 AM EDT

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The SAG-AFTRA is building up a strong wave to hit the entertainment industry. People can expect major changes in the coming days if things do not get solved. Many actors can already be seen joining hands to voice their opinion, whether through social media or by physical presence on the streets. Involved in a crucial position for the movement is a Stranger Things actor whom viewers have seen and loved.

The Netflix series has given the platform a lot of attention with its amazing performers and viewer rates. But some cast members of nearly every project suffer from being undervalued at their workplace. Being a voice of reason now is this senior actor from the sci-fi horror show.

Who is the Stranger Things actor playing an important role in the SAG-AFTRA strike?

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The writer strike that began weeks ago, has already shown its effect on shows. Joining hands with WAG after nearly 60 years is the SAG-AFTRA strike. So far, actors had shown their support for the writers by participating in the strike, but they have their own message now. According to Deadline, Stranger Things actor Sean Astin is a member of the SGA-ASTRA negotiating committee who has been actively handling the situation.

The actor played Bob in the Netflix series, which itself is facing problems because of the strike. After his last meeting for negotiations, he stated how they were far from coming to a settlement. He described the outcome as “a sinking feeling” as they felt betrayed by the production companies who allegedly gave false hopes of pushing time and getting their movies promoted.

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A strike of a similar nature was led by the late President Ronald Reagan 60 years ago and there has not been much change in what they still want.

What is the SAG-AFTRA strike about?

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Just like WAG, SAG-AFTRA is demanding fair pay. They also want control over the use of AI, considering how fast it has been replacing jobs and is taking over work and rightful wages.

Artists complained of receiving such less amount that they struggle to reach the annual $26,000 mark. This does not make them eligible for healthcare insurance under the guild. This revealed the reality that not everyone lives in mansions, and many take multiple jobs just to survive.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is a prime-time entertainment writer for Netflix Junkie, who has written nearly 1000 articles, immersing herself in pop culture. Writing was not her first choice, but she has now found solace in unraveling the fascinating stories of public figures' personal and professional lives. Neha is a fan of classic hip-hop and psycho thrillers, and she can talk endlessly about Kanye West.

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