Nicole Kidman's The Perfect Couple Nantucket shoot disrupted by SAG-AFTRA strike

“This is our work. These are our jobs."

By Priyanca Rajput 2 Oct 2023

Nicole Kidman's The Perfect Couple Nantucket shoot disrupted by SAG-AFTRA strike
Nicole Kidman. Credit: Eva Rinaldi / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Netflix's B-roll filming of limited series The Perfect Couple in Nantucket, MS was interrupted by local SAG-AFTRA pickets over the weekend.

Nantucket Current posted an update to Facebook on Sep 28 explaining that some union members will be picketing the Netflix production, rendering the shoot canceled. 

"Members of the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union are picketing Netflix’s production of “The Perfect Couple” on Main Street this morning. As a result, the filming has been canceled for today," the post began.

It added: "While the 50-person production team from Netflix stated that they were only filming B-roll shots of a car driving through town that did not require actors or actresses, the members of SAG-AFTRA who traveled from all over New England to get to the island this morning said they considered anyone who would be driving the vehicle or was pictured in the shots to be scabbing their jobs.

“'This is our work. These are our jobs,' one SAG member told the Current this morning," the post ended.

Deadline also reported that when several SAG actors and a local strike Captain caught wind of the production resuming shooting via permits – even without the series’ major cast, they were skeptical and headed to the Massachusetts island.

It had been revealed the production was looking for people who were just driving cars. “They’re messing with our money,” one Massachusetts actor told Deadline

It remains unclear if Kidman and producers were apprised of the B-roll shoot, who was recently part of the band of celebrities who each donated $1m or more to the SAG-AFTRA foundation’s emergency assistance programme. She also made a significant donation to big donation to International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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