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Actress saves the day for two actors without insurance

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To help a pair of actors without health insurance, superhero Kerry Washington was up for the job.

The Emmy-winning actress, known for portraying Alicia Masters in Marvel’s “Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” used her guest-hosting gig on the July 20 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to help two fellow Screen Actors Guild members qualify for health insurance, according to

“Acting is one of those jobs that seems very, very glamorous. Sometimes it is. But in reality it can also be very tough,” Ms. Washington said. “When I first started out, I had to supplement my income by being a substitute teacher, a yoga instructor, a hostess at a restaurant. So it meant a lot to me the first time that I qualified for that sweet Screen Actors Guild health insurance.

Now a “proud member” of the Screen Actors Guild, or she said that in order to get the union’s health care one has to meet income requirements, “which is not always easy to do” starting out in show business.

That said, Ms. Washington then invited a few fellow real actors to the show who were close to qualifying for coverage. “And they will get there if they deliver just one more line of dialogue on TV,” she said.

She then introduced the two actors who landed walk-on parts for the live late night talk show. One was just $40.87 away from getting insurance, with the other, dressed as a mailman, $400.87 away from qualifying. Ms. Washington threw confetti after both actors reached their health insurance goal.