Comedian Tiffany Haddish was never paid for her first movie role she recently revealed, even though it went on to air on television and streaming services after her breakout success in “Girls Trip.”
Haddish told the Associated Press that she was promised $1,200 for the role, but she was never paid because she was not part of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). The film was a non-union production, which means that Haddish had no legal recourse to get her money.
“I was homeless while I was shooting that movie,” Haddish said. “They never paid me. They never paid me a dime. The producers gave me 10 DVDs and said, ‘Sell those. Good luck.'”
Haddish went on to say that she never even saw the movie.
The experience left Haddish with a fear of being homeless again, which is why she used her entire paycheck from “Girls Trip” to pay off the house she bought after the first season of “The Carmichael Show.”
“I started trying to figure out how to create generational wealth,” Haddish said. “The fastest way to do it and the first way you should go about doing it is buy some land.”
Haddish is now using her platform to speak out about the importance of fair pay for actors, especially those who are not part of SAG.
“I want people to know that this is a real thing,” Haddish said. “This is happening to people all the time.”
Haddish’s story is a reminder of the challenges that many actors face, even those who have achieved success. It is important for actors to be aware of their rights and to fight for fair pay.