Writer strike
A joint strike by the Hollywood's writers and actors had brought much of the industry to a stand still. ANGELA WEISS/AFP

Hollywood is renowned for its glitz and glamor, but this year, it garnered attention for a significant event –-a 150-day-long writer's strike that concluded last week. During the course of the protests, numerous WGA and SAG-AFTRA members, among them several prominent Latino voices, stepped forward to advocate for their cause.

"The WGA reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new three-year Minimum Basic Agreement. On September 26th, the Negotiating Committee, the WGAW Board and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement." stated the Writers Guild of America in a press release . The strike initially took place as a result of writers – part of the WGA community – being underpaid and lacking job stability.

During these protests, the whole community of WGA along with its sister company SAG-AFTRA – who supported the strike – converged on the streets in a resolute march and used their platforms to raise awareness. Among these members, several Latino voices from these communities also made their presence felt. Let's take a moment to acknowledge a few of them:

Eva Longoria

Longoria is a Mexican-American and actress known for her many great roles, including the iconic role of Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives. Not only is she an actress but she recently debuted as a director for the film, Flamin' Hot. The movie is based on a true story of Richard Montañez who lands a position as a janitor at the Frito Lays company, where he later uses his Mexican-American heritage to change the game in the snack industry by creating Flamin' Hot cheetos.

Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria at Flamin' Hot premiere. Longoria's Instagram post: That time @jessejohngarcia and I brought the heat to CDMX!🔥 Si no has visto @flaminhotmovie mírala ya por @disneyplusla y @starplusla ! (PHOTO: EVA LONGORIA'S INSTAGRAM/ @EVALONGORIA) https://www.instagram.com/p/Ct7EVCFPUXJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Longoria – who is a member of SAG – expressed "a Latinx person, writer, creator, crafty, whatever it is, I'm supporting it. And that is the most painful part of this strike, it's like not being able to shout from the highest rooftop the amazing work that our community is doing. And so for me, I think it's important for us to remember we're not there yet and we have a long way to go."

Eva Longoria's Instagram post: The careers of working class #sagaftramembers are in jeopardy because the AMPTP refuses to step into the 21st century. The future of the industry is at stake. We didn't want a strike, but we are not afraid of a fight. We are #SAGAFTRAstrong! #SAGAFTRAstrike ✊🏽✊🏽

Penélope Cruz

Spanish actress Cruz has portrayed roles as big as Angelica in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Being a member of SAG has led her to use her platform to bring awareness to others about the situation. She posted a recent video on Instagram of actor Peter Sarsgaard who took it upon himself to mention during an acceptance speech at Venice Film Festival "I think we can all really agree that an actor is a person and that a writer is a person. But it seems that we can't and that's terrifying."

Penèlope Cruz’s Instagram post: Bravo Peter!!! #sagaftrastrong

Al Madrigal

Madrigal, who comes from Mexican descent, is a comedian and writer. He was spotted protesting back in early May outside of Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California where he stated to Deadline Hollywood "Here's the saddest thing, this how few Latinx writers there are. We're all on the same corner... we all fit here. That's the problem. There's a much bigger problem with residuals, but we've got triple issues."

@DEADLINE Twitter post: WHY I’M STRIKING: “This is how few Latinx writers there are. We’re all on the same corner… That’s the problem… There’s a much bigger problem with residuals, but we’ve got triple issues…” Al Madrigal tells Deadline outside of Universal Studios in LA today #WritersStrike

Claudia Forestieri

Forestieri is a Dominican writer who pertains to the WGA union. She is the creator and executive producer of "Gordita Chronicles". She was seen out forming part of the strike in Los Angeles and expressed to Deadline Hollywood "Sometimes you've got to demand respect when you don't get it..."

@DEADLINE Twitter post: WHY I’M STRIKING: “Sometimes you’ve got to demand respect when you don’t get it...” Claudia Forestieri, creator of ‘Gordita Chronicles’, tells Deadline outside Universal Studios in LA today #WritersStrike

Jaime Camil

Camil is a Mexican actor who has portrayed many legendary roles, including the role of Papa in the Disney film, Coco. He was part of the many SAG-AFTRA members who were protesting in Los Angeles where he remarked to Deadline Hollywood "We are nothing without the page."

@DEADLINE Twitter post: WHY WE’RE STRIKING: “We are nothing without the page,” Jaime Camil, SAG-AFTRA, tells Deadline outside Universal Studios in LA today. “We’re on the right side [of the fight],” adds ‘Schmigadoon!’ showrunner Cinco Paul #WritersStrike

As a result of several influential members of these communities alongside these latino figures, writers are now heading back to work.

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