AceShowbiz - Actress Ilana Glazer sympathises with film and TV industry employees in Georgia who will lose out on big business as a result of the state's new anti-abortion law.
The "Broad City" star reveals her next project, which she has not named, is the latest to be moved out of the area as part of a Hollywood boycott to protest politicians' restrictive "heartbeat bill", which will ban terminations as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Actor Jason Bateman declared he would no longer agree to shoot his hit Netflix series "Ozark" in the state if the law goes into effect in 2020, while funnywoman Kristen Wiig has already pulled production of her new comedy "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" from Georgia, and Disney boss Bob Iger has threatened to take the company's blockbuster productions elsewhere.
Glazer admits she has been devastated by the wave of states joining the anti-abortion movement, including Alabama and Louisiana, and she feels terrible for the industry locals in Georgia who will lose much-needed work as a result of the Hollywood boycott.
In a candid conversation on Netflix's "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj", Glazer says, "It sucks because the people of Atlanta are stoked and hustling, and the city is just groovin' on making so much stuff."
However, the actress knew she could no longer set her production in Georgia after hearing all about the controversial bill from her director before it was passed by legislators.
"I was like, 'I don't want to shoot there,'" Glazer recalled. "Film and TV is such an advertisement for the city and for the state that it's in and I just don't want to be there and support it, but it sucks because there are people there (losing jobs)... So it sucks to punish those people, but I guess you have to make a move to make a statement."
Georgia has become a hotspot for film and TV productions in recent years thanks to its big tax incentives.