Union to set up 'Plus-Size' subcommittee

The Screen Actors Guild is setting up a “Plus-Size” subcommittee to influence how plus-size actors are perceieved.

“We believe that people’s consciousness about this issue has risen dramatically over the last several years,” said comic/actor Diane Bliss, who has been pushing for creation of the panel and will chair it.

Bliss said the subcommittee plans to hold workshops with prominent plus-size actors, casting directors, producers and writers and attempt to seek portrayals such characters in a more realistic and flattering light. She noted that Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) has expressed interest in participating.

The subcommittee has been approved by SAG’s national women’s committee, which will submit the recommendation for approval to SAG’s national board. “The creation of the subcommittee is an important part of the committee’s outreach to help members stay informed and get work,” said committee chair Rebeccah Bush.

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