Stephen Amell was seen sporting a ‘SAG-AFTRA Strong’ shirt as he joined a picket line with other strikers in New York City on Friday.
The Arrow star, 42, who received backlash after he recently claimed that he did not support the current SAG-AFTRA strike, proudly marched in front of Warner Bros. Discovery offices in the Big Apple.
The actor opted to complete his look with a pair of dark, olive-colored pants and slipped into green and black Air Jordan sneakers.
He threw on a white cap to partially block the warm sunshine from hitting his face and also held a large sign in his hand as he strolled down a busy street.
Amell was joined by his wife and fellow actress, Cassandra Jean, who also chose stylish comfort for the busy day outdoors.
Showing support! Stephen Amell, 42, was seen sporting a ‘SAG-AFTRA Strong’ shirt as he joined a picket line with other strikers in New York City on Friday
Along with throwing on a ‘SAG-AFTRA Strong’ shirt, the beauty additionally slipped into a long, denim skirt that contained a thigh-high slit on the front.
The Roswell, New Mexico star slipped into a pair of black and white Moschino sneakers and threw on a pair of reflective shades for a fashionable flare.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2012, were seen walking side-by-side with other picketers as they showed their support for the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike which began last month on July 14.
The union also joined the WGA (Writers Guild of America), which has been on strike since May 2. According to Variety, the WGA began negotiations with studios once again on Friday.
When SAG-AFTRA also went on strike, Stephen claimed that while he stood by the union, he did not support the strike while attending a convention in North Carolina in late July.
At the time, he stated, ‘I support my union, I do, and I stand with them but I do not support striking, I don’t. I think it is a reductive negotiating tactic and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating.’
The Flash actor – who is currently in NYC to attend the Broadway show: The Shark Is Broken – initially received backlash from the comment, and doubled down on his feelings earlier this month while talking to TMZ Live.
‘I understand the strike on an intellectual level. Striking is not the only form of negotiating,’ he explained, later adding, ‘If there is a positive here, I would like to think that in some way, shape or form, I can encourage people to get back to the table and negotiate.’
Recent backlash: The Flash actor initially received backlash from the comments, but doubled down on his feelings earlier this month while talking to TMZ Live
Clarification: Also earlier this month, released a lengthy statement on Instagram to clarify his statements ‘to ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions…’
Amell expressed that he supports SAG leadership and ‘wants to stand with them’ but doesn’t necessarily ‘agree’ with the choice to go on strike.
When asked about the backlash and whether other union members had personally reached out to him in regards to his previous comments, he revealed that, ‘I’ve got an extreme amount of support.’
‘…And they support the union, too. They really do. But, we live in a time right now…where people want you to vote as long as you’re voting for their candidate. I think that this has been done in a very black and white, all or nothing sort of way.’
Stephen added, ‘I’m talking about shows and movies that were about to come out before the strike. And I’m speaking specifically about shows that, you know, that I and a bunch of other people pour their heart and soul into that happen to be coming out within a certain window after the strike.’
‘I don’t think some of the consideration that was given to other projects leading up to the strike and the delay of the strike was given to some of the projects that came on the other side.’
Amell expressed to TMZ, ‘And that’s something that retrospectively, I should have done a better job of taking up in private with with the leadership of my union.’
Also earlier this month, Stephen released a lengthy statement on Instagram to clarify his statements ‘to ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions…’
‘…What I actually said: 1 “I support my union, I do, and I stand with them.” This doesn’t need much clarity: My support is unconditional and I stand with them,’ he penned.
‘Frustrating’: He later wrote, ‘From an intellectual perspective, I understand why we are striking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t emotionally frustrating on many levels for all involved’
Injury while filming: The actor notably suffered a back injury while filming a stunt scene for his Starz series titled, Heels, which premiered its second season on July 28; seen in July 2021 in NYC
‘What I actually said: 2 “I do not support striking, I don’t.” What this means in full context: I understand fundamentally why we’re here.’
‘My off the cuff use of the word “support” is clearly contradictory to my true feelings and my emphatic statement that I stand with my union. Of course I don’t like striking. Nobody does. But we have to do what we have to do.’
‘What I said: 3 “I think that it is a reductive negotiating tactic and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating.” In full context: I’m an actor and I was speaking extemporaneously for over an hour,’ Stephen further explained.
He later wrote, ‘From an intellectual perspective, I understand why we are striking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t emotionally frustrating on many levels for all involved.’
‘What I said: 4 “I think that thinking as it pertains to shows like the show that I am on that that premiered last night, I think it is myopic.” What I meant: Nothing about the strike is funny but if I may self deprecate for a moment…’
He added, ‘Perhaps it was an inarticulate shoutout to our crew and cast, who mean the world to me. I’m simply sad that we don’t have a chance to celebrate a show that all of us figuratively and I literally, broke my back for.’
The actor notably suffered a back injury while filming a stunt scene for his Starz series titled, Heels, which premiered its second season on July 28.
To conclude his explanation, the star typed out, ‘However, at least for the foreseeable future, I choose to stand with my union. When you see me on a picket line please don’t whip any hard fruit.’
‘Great talk’: The executive producer of Arrow, Marc Guggenheim, opened up to The Hollywood reporter about Stephen’s absence in LA and stated, ‘I spoke with Stephen last night and we had a great talk. What he was saying did get misconstrued’; Amell seen in 2021 in Orlando
On the West Coast, other Arrow alum showed their support for the strike and helped raise funds for the Union Solidarity Coalition in Burbank on Friday, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The executive producer of the series, Marc Guggenheim, opened up to the outlet about Stephen’s absence in Los Angeles. ‘I spoke with Stephen last night and we had a great talk. What he was saying did get misconstrued.’
‘He was in New York for Colin Donnell’s play yesterday and was picketing Warner Bros. Discovery this morning. It’s not my place to talk about another union and their strike but Stephen is as supportive of SAG as he is of the WGA.’
Marc added, ‘I’m glad he was picketing; I’m bummed he wasn’t here to join us today, but he did send me, [showrunners] Beth [schwartz] and Wendy [Mericle] a lovely text encouraging us. He has our back, and we have his.’