Fran Drescher Faces Criticism over Trip to Italy Amidst Actor’s Union Strike Evaluation
CNN — Fran Drescher, president of the SAG-AFTRA union, responded Thursday to criticism that she traveled to Italy to attend Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda parties last weekend when her actors’ union, made up of 160,000 members, it was facing a deadline to go on strike.
CNN — At a press conference that same day—during which Drescher officially announced that the union will go on strike after talks with major studios and streamers failed of Hollywood—asked about the “optics” of being seen taking a “selfie” with Kim Kardashian at the event in Italy.
“That wasn’t a selfie,” Drescher said, later adding: “I’m a brand ambassador for a fashion company and Kim is too. I had met Kim just seconds before that publicity photo was taken.” He added that “it had nothing to do with being at a party having fun, it was work.”
The “Nanny” star He said he left the event at 10:30 p.m. to go to his hotel room and meet with union negotiators on Zoom, adding that he “worked 24 hours a day in three different time zones.”
CNN — Fran Drescher responded to the critics for his trip to Italy when the actors’ strike was being evaluated. “And if I couldn’t communicate with them because I was on a plane, I would text them constantly during the whole plane trip,” Drescher said, adding that he had also traveled to Florida to care for her parents, and that she also worked while there.
CNN — Drescher’s photo with Kardashian sparked criticism from several members of SAG-AFTRA, as well as members of the Writers Guild of America, which is already on strike. against studios and streaming services.
CNN’s Chris Isidore contributed to this report.