Sharon Stone said getting the Covid-19 vaccine shot should be a basic instinct for all who work on film sets.
In a campaign video for the 63-year-old’s bid run as a member of the SAG-AFTRA board of directors, the Basic Instinct actress alleged that she is “being threatened” with the loss of an acting job because she’s demanding the crew working on the show be vaccinated. Stone’s next project is a television series being shot in Atlanta.
“I’ve been offered a job – a good job, a job I really want to do in Atlanta,” Stone said in the video with Deadline. “That’s why my hair is standing on end … because the Producers Guild of America will not guarantee that everyone on our show is vaccinated before I go to work.
“Will I go to work before everyone on my show is vaccinated? No. No, I won’t,” she continued. “Am I being threatened that I will lose my job? Yes. Yes I am. Will I lose my job if everyone is not vaccinated on my show? Yes. Yes I could.
“Will I stand up for all of us so that every set that we go on is vaccinated? Yes. Yes, I will. Why? Because that’s ridiculous … that we should have to go to work where we are not safe to work.”
The Casino star added, “I am standing up for all of us when I say that the Screen Actors Guild – that I will be working for with Membership First – will be safe for us to go to work.”
Stone also revealed she lost her health insurance “after 43 years in the [film] business because of covid. I was $13 short … I don’t really think that that is reasonable for any of us.”
On July 19, SAG-AFTRA stated in a press release that the option of getting the Covid-19 vaccine would be allowed on film and television sets.
“Producers will also have the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis,” the release said. “Additional changes, such as adjustments to testing frequency, are included for certain areas in the United States and Canada where Covid-19 incidence is, and remains, very low.”
The agreement will stay in effect through to September 30, 2021.