SAG presidential candidate Melissa Gilbert has admitted to what she characterizes as a youthful indiscretion in violating Rule One — SAG’s ban on performing non-union work — a dozen years ago.
The infraction came when Gilbert helped finance and star in “Ice House” with then-husband Bo Brinkman. After the feature flopped at the box office, Gilbert was brought up before a SAG trial board, admitted her guilt and agreed to attend orientations of the guild’s Young Performers committee.
Gilbert, who joined SAG at the age of 2 and has become chair of the young performers panel, said the incident convinced her of the need for SAG to do a better job of making certain that young guild members know about Rule One. “Nobody bothered to stop me,” she said. “We all do silly things when we’re young.”
The incident has not yet been mentioned as a campaign issue, but Gilbert said she was not surprised that it had emerged, partly because she has mentioned it repeatedly in committee meetings at the guild. And she noted that she had signed fellow board member Frances Fisher’s petition in support of global enforcement of Rule One.