As Writers Guild union members picket in Los Angeles and New York, writers who also act (or produce or direct) in TV and film will struggle with their decision of whether or not to cross the line.
Once a WGA walkout begins, B.J. Novak—a writer and a star of NBC’s hit comedy “The Office”—will face a very tough choice.
As a card-carrying member of the Writers Guild, he’ll clearly be on strike. But he’s also a thesp and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. NBC’s studio arm has made it clear that it expects Novak the actor to show up to work today, strike or no strike.
Because it has several scribes who also serve as thesps (also including Mindy Kaling and Paul Lieberstein), “The Office” is one of the most visible examples of shows where conflicting interests will be at work once a strike begins. But all over town, a number of WGA members will be facing similarly tough calls.