Actor Billy Porter is feeling the effects of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. This summer many Hollywood writers and actors went on strike, calling for higher-pay and residuals. However, studio executives aren’t budging in negotiations.
With the strikes still continuing, it’s taking a toll on many people. Porter is one of the celebrities facing a financial strain from the situation. With the actor out of work, he’s had to make some sacrifices.
Billy Porter reveals he’s selling his home because of the Hollywood strikes
Many people believe that Hollywood writers and celebrities make big bucks. However, that’s not the case as we’ve heard from members on the picket line.
Porter, who is famous for his award-winning role on the FX series Pose, has had to make some financial adjustments. In an interview with the Evening Standard, he reveals the ongoing strikes forced him to sell his home.
"“I have to sell my house. Because we’re on strike. And I don’t know when we’re gonna go back. The life of an artist, until you make ‘F*** you’ money – which I haven’t made yet – is still check-to-check. I was supposed to be in a new movie, and on a new television show starting in September. None of that is happening.”"
Porter is currently in London doing theater work, but plans to join his fellow actors on the picket line when he returns to Hollywood. Yet, they have a tough fight ahead of them with executive unwilling to compromise.
In July, an anonymous source told Deadline that “the endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their homes.”
Unfortunately, Porter is one of the casualties whose been forced to go that route.
"“So, to the person who said, ‘We’re going to starve them out until they have to sell their apartments,’ you’ve already starved me out.”"