tSAG-AFTRA has just elected two of its highest ranking officers in their biannual elections. Gabrielle Carteris (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) won the presidential race, receiving 14,674 votes in a landslide victory. Jane Austin (“Red Eye”) kept her seat as secretary-treasurer, originally taking on the role back in 2015. Austin was also re-elected as president of the Los Angeles Local SAG-AFTRA chapter, as was Mike Hodge, who’s the president of the New York Local.
Carteris shot to fame in the 1990s classic “Beverly Hills, 90210,” playing Andrea Zuckerman. Her 30 year working career has spanned film, TV, and the stage, with a recurring role on “Code Black” and guest-starring on TV staple “Criminal Minds” and “Longmire,” among others. She was previously elected to the position in spring 2016, and served from 2013-2016 as executive vice-president. In a press release about the election, Carteris thanked her fellow members, saying:
I’m deeply humbled that our members have entrusted me with the privilege and honor of continuing to lead our great union. During the campaign I pledged to work every day to protect and empower our SAG-AFTRA members, and I will keep that commitment. I look forward to listening to all of our members, not just those who voted for me. We must continue to work together to truly realize our potential.
Austin is known for her career in stuntwork, appearing in films like “Wayne’s World,” “The Naked Gun,” and “Elizabethtown,” along with TV shows “True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Key and Peele.” She’s also the owner of her own stunt business, Hollywood Stuntworks. She’s previously chaired SAG-AFTRA’s Stunt Committee and served on several more, along with serving for 14 years on the film union’s National Board. She helmed successful efforts to have stunt performers and their contributions to film and television recognized at the annual SAG Awards. She thanked her peers for her re-election, and is pleased to “provide transparency in union activities in order to achieve many more future successes on [members’] behalf.”
The second round of SAG-AFTRA elections takes place in Los Angeles Oct. 5-8 at the film union’s biannual convention; member delegates will elect their executive vice president and their seven vice presidents.