Jessica Chastain and Sophie Turner are speaking out about their decision to join a growing number of performers who say they will refuse to work in states with restrictive abortion laws.
The “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” actresses told Sky News Wednesday that their names are among the signatures on a March letter stating opposition to Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion ban.
“There's a letter going around that I signed saying I'm not going to work in any state that denies rights for women, for the LGBTQ community, for anyone,” Chastain, 42, told the network. “I'm not going to work in a state that discriminates,” she added.
Former “Game of Thrones” star Turner said she had yet to inform her agent that she signed the same letter as Chastain.
“They're going to be like: 'What? You can't work in these states?' ” 23-year-old Turner said. “Yeah I can't work in these states."
Several big-name entertainers — including Alec Baldwin, Mia Farrow and Ben Stiller — also attached their names to the letter spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano and addressed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). The message said the celebrities would push film production crews to abandon the state if the abortion bill became law.
Georgia’s controversial legislation, which Kemp signed in early May, bans abortions after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law is poised to go into effect Jan. 1.
Kemp had mocked the reaction from Hollywood, saying earlier this month that Republicans “value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."
Other major film studios and media companies have also threatened to boycott the state over the abortion law. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said if the legislation should go into effect, the company would “rethink our entire investment in Georgia." Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has also said it would be “very difficult" for the company to make films in Georgia if the abortion restriction becomes law.