In a recent interview, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) revealed he doesn’t see any pay from Netflix despite the show’s popularity.
Paul spoke with “Entertainment Tonight Canada” where he expressed his thoughts on Netflix and other streaming services in the middle of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
“I don’t get a piece from Netflix on Breaking Bad, to be totally honest; and that’s insane to me you know what I mean? Shows live forever on these streamers and it goes through waves you know?
I just saw just the other day Breaking Bad was trending on Netflix and it’s just such common sense and I think a lot of these streamers, they know that they have been getting away with not paying people just fair wage. Now it’s time to pony up.”
The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike is a result of grievances brought forth by Hollywood actors and screenwriters in response to the growing influence of streaming services and AI in media.
Here’s the mission statement from SAG-AFTRA:
SAG-AFTRA brings together two great American labor unions: Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Both were formed in the turmoil of the 1930s, with rich histories of fighting for and securing the strongest protections for media artists. Our members united to form the successor union in order to preserve those hard-won rights and to continue the struggle to extend and expand those protections into the 21st century and beyond. We are actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, dj’s, news writers, news directors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. Our work is seen and heard in theaters, on television and radio, sound recordings, the internet, games, mobile devices, home video: you see us and hear us on all media distribution platforms. We are the faces and the voices that entertain and inform America and the world.