INDUSTRY: A Hollywood Actor Discusses How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting the Movie Industry | Will Ropp


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Recorded April 9, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by breakout actor Will Ropp to discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the film industry.Questions from this episode include:What are you seeing actors and actresses in Hollywood doing these days to try to support the public and healthcare workers during this COVID pandemic?I have to assume that the shooting of films and TV shows is currently shut down just as most other industries are, is that correct?How does that affect working actors who suddenly don’t have work, and what do you do at times like these to make ends meet?Can you tell us how health insurance works for actors? Is it something you purchase yourself, something you get when you are working, or a benefit you get through the Screen Actors Guild?Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)! Will Ropp is a breakout star and can currently be seen on the big screen as he stars as ‘Kenny,’ a street-smart, cocky member of the team who is the go-to shooting guard, in Warner Brothers’ “The Way Back”, alongside Ben Affleck. Ropp will also be seen as ‘Timmy Shields’ this spring in the drama “Silk Road.” Will’s ability to play diverse characters and his unassuming confidence and drive are being recognized quickly across Hollywood, further spearheading his career. You can follow Will on Instagram (@willropp) and Twitter (@willropp).He wants to give a shoutout to Slab Barbecue in California. Watch his short film SCHMIK on Vimeo.Submit Your Questions for the PodcastSend an email to or check out covidpodcast.comWhat Can You Do? You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Producers: Madison Linden and Christopher Breitigan. Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD Special thank you to Iminotech for supporting credible information about Covid-19.

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