Mandy Moore says some of her paychecks for her role on “This Is Us” after it went to a streaming platform were for literally less than $1.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor voiced her concerns over the issue of residuals, which are what actors (and others in the entertainment industry) are paid whenever TV shows or movies they’ve appeared in or worked on are replayed.
“The residual issue is a huge issue,” Moore explained.
“We’re in incredibly fortunate positions as working actors having been on shows that found tremendous success in one way or another … but many actors in our position for years before us were able to live off of residuals or at least pay their bills.”
According to the actor, when it comes to the residuals for her work on the successful NBC series, she’s received “very tiny, like 81-cent checks” for the show’s streaming deal with Hulu.
“I was talking with my business manager, who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies,” she added.
Moore’s comments echo those of both SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which has been on strike since May 2.
Historically, residuals have allowed non-celebrity union members to afford to live when they are not currently on a project.
Additionally, the way online streamers make TV and movies — shorter season orders and longer breaks between seasons — has also made it “increasingly difficult for our members to achieve and maintain a middle-class lifestyle working as a performer.”
Mandy Moore reveals tiny checks’ for ‘This Is Us’ streaming. Mandy Moore reveals tiny checks’ for ‘This Is Us’ streaming