Kerry Washington Helps Three Actors Secure Health Insurance in Kimmel Monologue


Just call her the medical health insurance fairy. While filling in for Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night, Kerry Washington recalled her time as a struggling actor who needed to complement her income with multiple jobs, including substitute teacher, yoga instructor, and restaurant hostess.

“It meant quite a bit to me the primary time that I qualified for that sweet Screen Actors Guild medical health insurance,” said Washington.

Washington explained that in an effort to qualify for SAG-AFTRA healthcare, actors must make a certain quantity of cash, which may be difficult whenever you’re just starting out. To ease this burden, Washington invited three up-and-coming actors just shy of the coverage limit to say just a few lines of dialogue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, giving them a paid gig that will push them over the brink to qualify for insurance.

One actor was $40.87 away from qualifying, while one other was $487.17 away. By reciting only one line of dialogue, the actors made enough money to qualify for SAG medical health insurance — a life-changing moment for everybody involved.

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