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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