Arnold Schwarzenegger, embodying the spirit of giving, remarks on the joy of supporting crucial causes, emphasizing the importance of philanthropy.
During the ongoing strike that has posed considerable challenges to many in the acting fraternity, Arnold Schwarzenegger showcased his philanthropic spirit by generously donating $1 million to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program. His donation was aimed at assisting “journeymen actors facing tremendous economic hardship” during this trying period.
In a conversation with Town & Country magazine for its revered annual Philanthropy Issue, the iconic Terminator actor, aged 76, expressed that such contributions to causes like SAG-AFTRA were instinctive for him.
Highlighting his belief in the joy of giving, Schwarzenegger said, “As soon as you recognize that you are not self-made, you realize that you have to give something back. And when you recognize how good it feels to actually do something for someone else, it gets in your blood.” He fondly reminisced about his involvement with the Special Olympics back in the ’70s, recalling the sheer happiness derived from aiding others, a sentiment that shaped his many philanthropic endeavors over the decades.
The actor, emphasizing his gratitude to America for his success, stated, “I earned the money that I have because of America, so I’m more than happy to give some of it away for very important causes.”
Schwarzenegger wasn’t the only high-profile name extending a helping hand. Other A-list celebrities like Matt Damon, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, and Meryl Streep, among others, also donated a whopping $1 million each to the cause.
Streep, echoing the sentiments of many, expressed her solidarity with her peers. Reflecting on her initial struggles, she emphasized the collective strength and unity required to stand against major corporations, stressing the importance of preserving the human essence of the acting profession.
Amidst the challenges of the strike, which commenced on July 14 against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), negotiations are ongoing, with discussions around topics like artificial intelligence in filmmaking remaining a critical focal point.
During this strike, actors find themselves unable to engage in filming or promoting their projects, unless specific interim agreements allow them to do so.
This actors’ strike follows closely on the heels of the Writers Guild of America’s strike, which concluded after a lengthy 148 days.
In these trying times, gestures like Schwarzenegger’s not only offer tangible support but also bolster the spirit of unity and resilience within the community.