Hollywood is at a standstill thanks to the Writer’s Guild of America’s strike.
Many people may not understand the reason for the strike, but actors are trying to be transparent and inform them how bad the conditions have been for them and those responsible for our favorite shows. Joining her fellow actors in opening up is P-Valley star Brandee Evans.
Despite rumors, due to the #WGA #WritersStrike filming on #PValley has been postponed. Like many of my fellow showrunners, I feel as though my writing & producing duties are inextricably linked. We will not be filming until a fair deal is reached. #WGAStrong— Katori Hall (@KatoriHall) May 10, 2023
P-Valley announced that they would be halting production on their third season in solidarity with the writer’s strike. The show’s creator Katori Hall spoke about her plans to protest alongside fellow writers in hopes of fair pay.
“Like many of my fellow showrunners, I feel as though my writing and producing duties are inextricably linked,” she told the folks over at Deadline last month.
“As a writer, I strike with a sense of radical dignity that our work must be valued for the magic it is.” She concluded with, “We will not be filming until a fair deal is reached. #WGAStrong.”
Brandee Evans plays Mercedes Woodbine in the series. Woodbine is a veteran stripper at The Pynk who has plans to leave and open a dance studio. Evans has gotten rave reviews for her portrayal, and it has helped launch her career as an actor after years of being a professional dancer.
Brandee has been an open book about her life and how much the role has meant to her, making it possible for her to take care of her mother, who is sick with multiple sclerosis and early-onset Alzheimer’s.
In a recent post, Brandee wanted fans to see just how real the issues are between actors, writers, and The Screen Actors Guild. She said she arrived home to three checks and immediately pulled out her phone to show fans the embarrassing amount of money being paid to her as the star of a hit show.
The first check was $3.99, the second was for $4.67, and the final check was for only one penny.
“It costs more to print and send the checks,” said one person. “That’s not even worth a drive to the bank,” said another. Most people agree that the payments are horrendous, but others are wondering how much she makes per scene.