These Gen Zers Are Fighting For Their Generation — And The Future Of Hollywood

HuffPost talked to seven Gen Z writers and actors about how they’re navigating the Hollywood strikes, what the state of the industry means for pursuing their craft and what comes next.

Sixteen years after the landmark writers strike of 2007, entertainment workers are back on the picket line. Since the last strike, new problems have arisen in the industry: the threat of artificial intelligence, smaller writers rooms, streamers erasing shows from platforms, and a lack of transparency about viewership numbers impacting residuals and workers’ livelihoods.

Actors and writers unions are fiercely combating corporate greed, advocating for fair, livable wages and fighting for the future of storytelling on-screen. Screenwriters and actors join workers across America — UPS workers, educators, animators, nurses, reality TV stars and celebrity stylists — who are calling for a much-needed overhaul of labor in this country. (The actors on strike are members of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or SAG-AFTRA, while the writers are with Writers Guild of America. The WGA also represents HuffPost’s unionized staffers.)

For Gen Zers ages 18 to 26, today’s labor movement takes on particular relevance. The generation born between 1995 and 2010 is America’s most pro-union age group alive, according to the Center for American Progress. That desire to organize and advocate for fair working policies is likely rooted in witnessing powerful leaders wreck industries and fail the generations before them.