Will Smith Calls SAG-AFTRA Strike a ‘Pivotal Moment’ for Acting Profession


“33 years into my career as an actor, and there are still some days when I feel like I’m that kid from Philly who’s on borrowed time, even though I know I’ve been extraordinarily blessed and lucky to have worked as an actor all this time,” Smith continued. “It’s thanks to my friend, my teacher and my mentor @aaronspeiser whom I fondly refer to as ‘coach’ that those days when I feel like I don’t belong are fewer and further between.”

He added, “Coach invited me to an acting class the other day and I met a group of our talented next generation of actors and they amazed and inspired me! I’m grateful to coach for continuing to support these talented hopefuls in this art-form that I love and have been lucky enough to work in for three decades of my life! Thanks COACH!” 

Smith is one of many actors who have stood in support of writers and other actors who are calling for negotiations with studios for fairer contracts. Those who have joined the cause include Bette Midler, Bob Odenkirk, Hilary Duff, Jason Sudekis, Alex Edelman, Josh Gad, Rosario Dawson and more. The WGA has been on strike since April, and SAG-AFTRA since July 14.