Lena Dunham and Girls Cast Honor Sarah Jones: “Her Death Hits Close to Home” (PHOTO)
In February, The Vampire Diaries family lost one of its own when 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while setting up a shot on a Georgian railroad trestle for biopic Midnight Rider. Six other crew members were injured in the incident that many believe could and should have been prevented and that has many in the industry calling for improvement in on-set safety practices. One such person is Girls showrunner and star Lena Dunham, who took to Instagram yesterday to raise awareness of this important issue and pay tribute to Sarah.
“Even for those of us who didn't have the privilege of knowing Sarah Jones, her death hits close to home. Let's keep our safety standards high and take care of each other, on set and beyond. #slatesforsarah,” Lena captioned an Instagram shot of she and her co-stars holding “Slates For Sarah.” In the wake of Sarah’s death, her friends and family organized the online campaign as a place for production friends and colleagues to post slates dedicated to Sarah. The campaign has become a rallying point for production safety awareness, and is even in the process of filming a PSA on the subject.
Contributions to Slates For Sarah have poured in from all over the world in the form of photos of crew and cast members holding slates with Sarah’s name on them. The TVD team made their own contribution in February when Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev took this snapshot of their Slate For Sarah and Nina posted it with the message: “Our #TVDfamily lost a loved one. Beautiful soul. A dear friend. I miss you Sarah. You will always be a part of us… #SlatesForSarah.”
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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