Mandy Moore Said She Got Residual Checks For ‘Pennies’ For ‘This Is Us’ Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike

Actress Mandy Moore during SAG-AFTRA strike
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Actress Mandy Moore complained about tiny residual checks she received for her work on the NBC drama “This Is Us” amid the actors’ and writers’ strike currently going on in Hollywood.

The 39-year-old actress was spotted holding a sign on the picket line on July 18 as she stood in solidarity with the Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Moore explained her position in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying talent deserves a bigger cut of residual checks. “Residuals” refers to the amount actors and other entertainment professionals are paid whenever their project is replayed.

“The residual issue is a huge issue,” Moore told the outlet. “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.”

The Emmy Award nominee said she received “very tiny, like 81-cent checks” in connection with the “This Is Us” streaming deal with Hulu.

“I was talking with my business manager, who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies,” Moore said.

“If you are someone who has been fortunate enough in our positions to do 120-plus episodes of a successful show in previous years — 10, 15, 20 years ago — that re-airing would be the thing that could sustain you on years where I did this smaller project or I wanted to go do a play or you have kids and you have a family to provide for,” former “Scandal” star Katie Lowes told the outlet of her thoughts on residuals. 

“And that just not a reality anymore. The entire model has changed,” she said.


Both SAG-AFTRA and the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) are currently on strike, effectively shutting down all Hollywood productions until an agreement is reached. Besides residuals, other issues of contention include guidelines around artificial intelligence and overall pay structure for members.

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