Jessica Chastain Endorses Tentative SAG-AFTRA Agreement

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain arriving for the 2013 British Academy Film Awards, at the Royal Opera House, London. 10/02/2013 Picture by: Alexandra Glen

Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain has expressed her support for the tentative agreement reached by SAG-AFTRA with the studios, potentially ending the nearly four-month-long actors' strike. Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival, where she is serving as jury president, Chastain praised the deal as "fair and just and historic in its own right."

Key Takeaways:

  • Jessica Chastain supports the tentative SAG-AFTRA agreement.
  • The agreement aims to end the nearly four-month actors' strike.
  • SAG-AFTRA members have been voting on the new three-year contract.
  • Chastain became a de facto spokeswoman for the strike due to her film 'Memory' having an interim agreement.
  • She actively supported the strike at various film festivals.

A Historic Agreement

Chastain's endorsement comes as SAG-AFTRA members vote on ratifying the proposed new three-year contract. The voting process, which began on November 14, is set to conclude on December 5. Chastain, having reviewed the agreement, personally finds it favorable but emphasizes the importance of the collective decision of the guild members.

Chastain's Role in the Strike

Interestingly, Chastain's involvement in the strike discussions was somewhat accidental. Her latest film, Michel Franco's 'Memory,' had secured an interim SAG-AFTRA agreement, allowing her to attend various film festivals. At these events, she often found herself speaking in support of the strike, thus becoming a prominent voice in the movement.

The Impact of the Strike

The actors' strike, which has lasted for nearly four months, has been a significant event in the entertainment industry. It has brought to light various issues faced by actors and has led to a reevaluation of their working conditions and compensation. The tentative agreement, if ratified, could mark a significant milestone in addressing these concerns.

The Road Ahead

As the voting process continues, the industry eagerly awaits the outcome. The ratification of the agreement could pave the way for improved conditions for actors and potentially set new standards in the industry. Chastain's support of the agreement highlights its potential significance and the positive changes it could bring.


Jessica Chastain's backing of the tentative SAG-AFTRA agreement is a notable moment in this ongoing saga. Her involvement and support reflect the collective effort of the acting community to seek fair treatment and better working conditions. As the voting process nears its end, the industry looks forward to a resolution that could herald a new era for actors and the entertainment industry at large.

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