Margot Robbie joins the picket line as SAG-AFTRA strike approaches its second month – months after starring in smash hit Barbie
She starred in the highest-grossing movie of the year just a few months ago.
But Margot Robbie joined her fellow actors in fighting for their rights at a SAG-AFTRA rally on Wednesday.
The Barbie actress, 33, brandished a poster as she marched from Netflix to Paramount Studios with an army of protestors in West Hollywood.
Hollywood actors and writers are currently united in their first ‘double strike’ in more than 60 years vowing they will protect every worker in the industry from being replaced by AI, among other concerns.
The Writers Guild of America began striking in May, followed by SAG-AFTRA, the union representing actors, on July 14.
The industrial action has threatened to decimate the entertainment industry as production of major films and television shows grinded to a halt.
Despite the strike approaching its second month, Margot appeared in good spirits as she hit the pavement with her pals.
Margot wore an over-size white SAG-AFTRA T-shirt, her blonde hair down, and stylish sunnies.
She trekked down the street in chunky white sneakers as she proudly held her poster high above her head.
The writers of the WGA and the actors of SAG-AFTRA have been united in many of their demands of the studios and streamers.
They are seeking to get more equitable wages and base pay in general, as wages for both writers and actors have failed to keep up with inflation.
Streaming services are a particular target, as shows and films that air on the services provide minuscule residuals compared to airings on traditional television networks.
Writers are also hoping to get the studios to agree to minimum size requirements for writers’ rooms on TV shows, and both unions hope to get the AMPTP to agree not to use AI to replace actors or to create scripts.
However, the studios and streamers have apparently doubled down on their refusal to give up the option of using AI in the future, which ironically seems to have validated the concerns of the unions.
Margot’s appearance on the picket line comes just months after she was traveling the world in promotion of her smash summer film Barbie.
It was officially named the highest-grossing movie of 2023 just one month after it was released in theaters.
The blockbuster, which stars Ryan Gosling as Ken, surpassed The Super Mario Bros. Movie at the global box office, with Variety revealing earlier this month that the movie had brought in a total of $1.36 billion since its release in July.
Furthermore, it has also become the highest grossing film in Warner Bros history.
The movie, starring Margo Robbie as the title character and Ryan Gosling as her ‘boyfriend’ Ken, broke the record set by 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which earned $1.31 billion.
Barbie is also sure to get another boost in ticket sales when it’s released in IMAX September 22.