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Juliette Lewis supports IATSE strike and calls on actors to speak out about bad work practices

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Juliette Lewis has made it clear that she supports the strike of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees.

On Friday, the 48-year-old actress called out her fellow actors in a very lengthy Instagram post in which she discussed the unsavory work expectations in show business.

Shared with her 1.1 million followers and started the statement: ‘Hello fellow actors – you should talk about what it was normal to work 15-17 hours a day, sometimes 6 days a week.’

Standing up for herself: Juliette Lewis has made it clear that she supports the strike of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees

Reflecting on her long career, the Yellowjackets actress said, “Personally, in the TV/movie business since my teens, I had been conditioned to never take a day off or it would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

“And you’d be labeled ‘problematic’, so bad I went through a flu, I had a migraine, I went through pneumonia for two weeks with Natural Born Killers, thinking I was going to die…”

She continued: “Apparently that was always better than opening their mouths and simply letting them shift their schedule to account for someone’s health. Because it just didn’t happen.’

If no agreement is reached by then, a nationwide strike will begin on October 18.

Callout: On Friday, the 48-year-old actress called out her fellow actors in a very lengthy Instagram post where she discussed the unsavory work expectations in show business

Callout: On Friday, the 48-year-old actress called out her fellow actors in a very lengthy Instagram post where she discussed the unsavory work expectations in show business

Addressing the strike: Sharing with her 1.1 million followers she began the statement: 'Hello fellow actors - you should talk about what it was normal to work 15-17 hours a day, sometimes 6 days a week'

Addressing the strike: Sharing with her 1.1 million followers she began the statement: ‘Hello fellow actors – you should talk about what it was normal to work 15-17 hours a day, sometimes 6 days a week’

The brunette beauty commented that she’s “actually grateful for this work ethic” because it “served me in many areas of my life” before moving on, “but I’m an actor, so when I think of the crew who spend hours before actors appear do and leave hours after actors do and are asked to perform miracles on a daily basis that’s a very different story that goes beyond a soldiery work ethic and so all you have to do is read a few stories.”

Furthermore, Lewis referred to cases of “people dying behind the wheel” because they were overworked.

Also mentioned was the tendency of workers to work with the threat of substitution if they ‘didn’t serve production’.

“I’ve seen some big changes since the COVID protocols and how long the hours are and taking care of people’s health. But that has been in Canada,” she acknowledged.

“Producers are still asking people to work tirelessly and continually perform miracles to ‘save them money’ rather than create schedules that are doable without their constant pressure,” she added.

“When people are overworked and exhausted, huge mistakes happen,” Lewis stressed before adding that she “has experienced” incidents that harm individuals.”

The longtime entertainer said, “I thought it was being worked out and was told that producers, bosses, execs are therefore not giving the crew the care they need in their requests in the negotiations.”

Official document: A nationwide strike will start on October 18 if no agreement is reached by then

Official document: A nationwide strike will start on October 18 if no agreement is reached by then

In her caption, Juliette said clearly and in all caps, “I stand in solidarity with the backbone of this industry, my crews for the past 30+ years and so much more. Every actor has to speak up and appear before your crew.’

Wrapping up the message, she said, “Even though I love how hard we work to bring entertainment to people and I’ve loved being challenged to achieve the impossible for over 30 years, I wanted better care for people.” myself and the wondrous crews I have seen ungrateful daily miracles perform weekly miracles without the protection I had.

“I implore all actors to stand up on behalf of your crew and ask that managers and producers properly support health care/care/payment and avoid the need for a strike. Stand up for the backbone of our industry. [It’s] it’s time it’s overtime!!!’

Pending: If no agreement is reached, 60,000 workers could potentially halt production in Hollywood and beyond

Pending: If no agreement is reached, 60,000 workers could potentially halt production in Hollywood and beyond

If no agreement is reached, 60,000 workers could potentially halt production in Hollywood and beyond.

The IATSE aims to improve “excessively unsafe and harmful working hours,” “unlivable wages for the lowest-paid craftsmen” and “consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays and weekends,” a statement on the website said.

Matt Loeb, the association’s president, said the union will “continue to negotiate with producers this week in hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks and a living wage for those at the bottom of the line.” pay scale’, Deadline reports.

Call to Action: In her caption, Juliette said clearly and in all caps, 'I stand in solidarity with the backbone of this industry, my crews for the past 30+ years and beyond.  Every actor must speak up and show up in front of your crew'

Call to Action: In her caption, Juliette said clearly and in all caps, ‘I stand in solidarity with the backbone of this industry, my crews for the past 30+ years and beyond. Every actor must speak up and show up in front of your crew’

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