RYAN REYNOLDS LAUNCHES DIVERSITY PROGRAM “THE GROUP EFFORT INITIATIVE”

Putting his money where his mouth is, Reynolds will pay and house 10 to 20 trainees on his next feature project.

Ryan Reynolds (Jason Mendez/WireImage)

Putting his money where his mouth is, Reynolds will pay and house 10 to 20 trainees on his next feature project.

Ryan Reynolds has launched The Group Effort Initiative, a self-financed diversity and inclusion program that aims to give people of color a chance to work and learn on the actor’s productions.

The program, run through his production banner Maximum Effort, plans to bring 10 to 20 trainees who are black, indigenous, other people of color or who are from marginalized communities across the age spectrum, giving them real-life film experience.

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The new recruits will be paid and housed out of Reynolds’ own salary and will spend their days on set, learning from professionals with the goal that their learning will act as a springboard to another job, creating a domino effect that places them on a path for a career in the film industry.

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