Sarah Jessica Parker, known for her roles in Sex And The City and And Just Like That..., was spotted walking on the picket line in Midtown New York City on Wednesday. The 58-year-old actress flashed a smile as she cheered on her fellow actors during the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Dressed in a white top, blue quilted zip-up jacket, worn-in jeans, and a pearl necklace, Parker stood in solidarity with the striking actors. Her presence further highlights the determination and resilience of the actors, who have now reached the 104th day of the strike.
Negotiations between the studios and SAG-AFTRA have experienced setbacks, sputtering on Tuesday but set to resume on Wednesday. Despite hopes for a resolution, talks have proven challenging, prolonging the strike that shows no immediate signs of ending.
The strike has become the longest in the history of SAG-AFTRA, impacting film and TV actors who remain on picket lines while screenwriters have returned to work. The negotiations have faced obstacles, with the studios abruptly ending discussions on October 11 due to a perceived disparity between the actors' demands and the economic viability for the member companies.
One of the contentious issues at the heart of the negotiation is a proposed tax on subscribers. SAG-AFTRA leaders argue that this proposal is not a direct tax on customers but rather a shift in compensation model based on the number of subscribers. However, the studios maintain that such a tax would be economically burdensome.
While the writers' strike had its false starts but eventually led to a tentative deal, the actors find themselves in uncharted territory. This protracted strike marks a pivotal moment for SAG-AFTRA, with even their long-time leaders expressing determination to stay on course.
As the strike continues, the impact on the entertainment industry becomes increasingly evident. Productions for numerous TV shows and films, including Wicked, Deadpool 3, and Mission Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part 2, remain suspended. Award ceremonies like the Emmys have made adjustments in response to the strike, moving their ceremony from September to January.
The future of the strike and its impact on upcoming projects, including the Oscars in March, remains uncertain. However, Sarah Jessica Parker's presence on the picket line serves as a reminder of the unwavering resolve of the actors as negotiations enter a crucial phase.