Award-winning singer, actor and director Billy Porter is opening up to why he and so many other actors went on strike against the AMPTP.
"I'm making six cent checks on Pose. A show that I won an Emmy for," Porter explained on a new episode of Channel 4 News' Ways to Change the World podcast this week.
"That's why we were on strike for 118 days. No. Y'all don't get to do that to us anymore … Everybody in this business, except for the ones who are making the F-you money, are three months away from homelessness."
Porter revealed in August that he had to sell his house during the strike and had been staying with friends in London amid his ongoing divorce from husband Adam Smith after six years of marriage.
"The life of an artist, until you make F-you money — which I haven't made yet — is still check-to-check," he said at the time. "To hear [Disney CEO] Bob Iger say that our demands for a living wage are unrealistic? While he makes $78,000 a day? I don't have any words for it, but: f--- you."
Numerous actors opened up about their pay during the months-long SAG-AFTRA strike. In July, Mandy Moore revealed that she once received a residuals check for a penny. "The residual issue is a huge issue," she said.