'CSI' star Marg Helgenberger joins writers on picket line

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star Marg Helgenberger joined more than 60 writers on the picket line Monday afternoon outside of the Universal Studios lot, where her procedural drama is taped for CBS. Helgenberger was not scheduled to work Monday, so she agreed to carry a placard with the writers because, "I’m in total solidarity with them," she told the Hollywood Insider exclusively.

Helgenberger wasn’t particularly surprised by the writers’ decision to strike. "I had my doubts about things moving forward [after the weekend's negotiation]," said Helgenberger, who is married to SAG president Alan Rosenberg. She began picketing around 2:30 p.m. today. "Of course I held out hope, especially with all of that last-minute stuff with [former WGA President and ER exec producer] John Wells getting involved. It’s sad it has come to this. Nobody wanted this to happen. Nobody."

Helgenberger, dressed in a casual tank top and slacks and wearing a floppy hat, said this was her first-ever opportunity to picket in Hollywood.  "It’s sort of fun!" she said, smiling. "I’m glad to be standing alongside these people. If there was ever a time in history to stand up, this is it. This is where you draw the line in the sand."

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  • Anonymous

    “If there was ever a time in history to stand up, this is it.” Seriously? I’m sorry that this is the most important issue for her to take a stand on.

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, Marg makes this sound like a game (it’s fun), and on the other she compares to one of the most important moments in history. Really?

  • Rachel K

    “If there was ever a time in history to stand up, this is it.” I, too, am appalled by this statement. I’m sorry; obviously Women’s Suffrage and the Civil Rights Movement haven’t been monumentally important to our culture and our country. Even if she has made that disgusting (and I’m sorry, but I’m really annoyed) comment about present day battles, the fight for LGBT rights and immigration issues are much more prevalent that the Writer’s strike. We’re talking about people’s rights not their paychecks. And I’m not saying I don’t agree with the strike, but sheesh gain some perspective please.

  • Emily

    I think she meant one of the most important moments of ACTING history, not world history, guys.

  • wildecat

    Geez, Rachel, lighten up. I’m pretty sure Marg meant “this time in *entertainment* history,” with the current explosion of DVD and internet options changing the way people view entertainment. The producers are making megabucks on these things without giving an equitable share to the writers who were responsible for creating them. Technology has changed the rules of the game, so, yes, it’s an important time in Show Business History to address that.

  • JangoBear

    “”If there was ever a time in history to stand up, this is it.” Seriously? I’m sorry that this is the most important issue for her to take a stand on.”
    I’m sorry that some of you are too stupid to understand the context of what she meant – entertainment history. Yeesh!

  • H C

    good for Marg!

  • Mozz

    Good for her! Love her! Support the WGA 100%.

  • Anna

    I think Marg should be on the EW cover some day. She’s just fantastic.

  • Karri

    “If there was ever a time in history to stand up, this is it.” Seriously? I’m sorry that this is the most important issue for her to take a stand on.”
    I’m sorry you’re too slow to understand that she was talking about *entertainment* history. My goodness, some of you must have been dropped on your heads or something.

  • Sarah

    I agree with those who pointed out Marg meant ENTERTAINMENT history specifically, but it is still dissapointing to see some actors (and not just Marg) eagerly support this issue sooner than they would contribute to other more pressing causes.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with those who pointed out Marg meant ENTERTAINMENT history specifically, but it is still dissapointing to see some actors (and not just Marg) eagerly support this issue sooner than they would contribute to other more pressing causes.

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