First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington
September 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington

Charlotte (CNN) - Clint Eastwood meet Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington.

The three actresses, firmly anchored in Hollywood's royalty, have been secretly scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to a tentative schedule provided by a source to CNN.

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The schedule lists the three actresses as speaking on Thursday evening, the same night that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept their party's respective nominations. Johansson, Portman and Washington are listed as following The Foo Fighters on the itinerary. Convention officials announced that the alternative rock band would perform last week.

A source told CNN the hope is to have the three actresses appear on stage together.

It's unclear if the schedule has been finalized or is subject to change. When contacted by CNN, a DNC official said that no final details about the Thursday program would be divulged at this time.

CNN reached out to representatives for each actress but did not receive comment for Johansson and Portman. A representative for Washington would only say the actress is currently filming in Los Angeles.

Though several celebrities are slated to attend the DNC, appearances by Johansson, Portman and Washington would surely invite special political scrutiny.

All three are popular, award-winning actresses and among Hollywood's most bankable stars. But perhaps more importantly, all three represent demographics that Democrats hope to win by wide margins: women and young voters.

Johansson is 27 years old, Portman is 31 and Washington is 35.

Should the actresses take the stage supporting the president it could help Democrats present a picture of inclusiveness and diversity within the party. Johansson and Portman are white, Washington is African-American.

Meanwhile, an appearance by the trio would come one week after another political surprise move by a Hollywood royal.

Clint Eastwood delivered an unannounced speech at the Republican National Convention on Romney's behalf on Thursday. Though it was well received by conservatives in attendance and others watching at home – Eastwood's speech, where he had a conversation with an imaginary President Obama represented by an empty chair, was mocked by many others.

One thing Eastwood has in common with the women: they are all critically acclaimed actors.

In addition to positive reviews in other films, Portman won an Academy Award in 2011 for her role in "The Black Swan." Johansson has seen critical acclaim for roles in films such as "Lost in Translation," "A Love Song for Bobby Long" and "The Other Boleyn Girl." Washington currently stars in ABC's hit show "Scandal" and roundly received praise for her roles in the films "For Colored Girls," "The Last King of Scotland" and the Ray Charles biopic, "Ray."

Johansson, Portman and Washington were vocal supporters of Obama in 2008.

soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. jedmerrill

    More impressed with Clint Eastwood.

    Johansson and Portman just fell from A list to D list.

    You will be judged by the company you keep, and Obama and pals are not good company right now.

    Are you really rooting for ANOTHER 40% drop in national wealth, five trillion more in deficit spending with no end in sight, and 104 more days of Obama golf while America suffers?

    A vote for Obama is a vote against the American people.

    September 5, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. jedmerrill

    23 million unemployed and underemployed Americans will remember this insolence.

    September 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. NoLongerGrumpy

    Much better than an old idiot talking to a chair.

    September 5, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Mark Hudson

    Wow! This choice does nothing to advance Obama's gravitas. Oh yah, but then he has no gravitas. So, actually good choice that reflects the incompetence of the Democratic candidate.

    September 5, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. m123

    These women could change somebody's mind?
    That's scary, but fits the Dem strategy

    September 5, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. DefendComSen

    Excellent. I was hoping to hear about the needs of my country from three young women who have spent their sheltered and privileged lives making MILLIONS of dollars pretending to be someone other than themselves. What role models for the young American woman.

    How could any rational, thinking adult take anything these three have to say seriously? Let them work at Walmart for a few years while living in a duplex and driving themselves to work in an '80s Mazda to make money to pay off the interest payment on their student loans and THEN I might be interested in their opinions.

    September 5, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Tsk tsk tsk, GOPers. Thou shalt not covet.

    September 5, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. DefendComSen

    Excellent. I was hoping to hear about the needs of my country from three young women who have spent their sheltered and privileged lives making millions of dollars pretending to be someone other than themselves. What role models for the young American woman.

    How could any rational, thinking adult take anything these three have to say seriously? Let them work at Walmart for a few years while living in a duplex and driving themselves to work in an '80s Mazda to make money to pay off the interest payment on their student loans and then I might be interested in their opinions.

    September 5, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Chris of Oregon

    And how do these three women impact my family? none...none...none.. Three times none. I stil pay high groceries. Worry about my childrens future. Food to put on the table. Save for my children schooling. These women has no effect nor value in my family. Figure it out why these hollywood women are so in the news... Classless women.

    September 5, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Reynald

    How are those 3 going to help? They have not publicly inspire the public in politics. I would rather hear from Clinton a hundred times more. Celebrities may get an audience to watch but not necessarily take actions.

    September 5, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    DefendComSen – It looks like you have seen the light about Mittens and Lyin ' Ryan, living their sheltered and privileged lives. Say "No!" to vouchers and plutocrats.

    September 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Landem

    Ya... Sorry, can't say whom I'll be voting for yet. However, having 3 Hollywood actresses doesn't push me in Obama's favor. I've never considered Hollywood mainstream or what I want our country to be following. Let the candidates battle this one out and Hollywood stay in the movies in fiction land

    September 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Sugar Land

    Wow. Three political heavy weights there, buddy!
    People seem to forget that Clint, besides being an icon, was the elected mayor of a California city.
    To compare most Hollywood airhead actors to Clint is beyond shameful.
    But hey... nip slip anyone?

    September 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Steve

    What a shock! three rich out of touch with reality women. No better than the Eastwood romp. Better to look at I suppose, but the arousal would be lost with all the out of touch rhetoric they would be speaking. Pass.

    September 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Say_NO_to_four_more_years

    Hello to the legally registered voters of these United States of America.

    Don't accept a dumped down message from 3 liberal Hollywood elites who don't have a clue what they would do without a script. Oh, that sounds like clueless Barry and Mean Joe trying to give a speech without a teleprompter.

    American deserves better.

    Americans deserves better leadership.

    Americans deserve a choice that represents our values.

    America must elect someone who has a vision of greatness for all Americans. Not, an expectation to fulfill BHO father's dreams of multiple wives, the distruction of all we believe, and an economy that accepts the standards of 3rd world failing countries.

    Go see 2016 – Obama's America

    Learn the turth and what 4 more years will provide America.

    Time for real change... hope is not a plan.

    Mitt has a real plan and real solutions.

    Get it right this time America, we may not get another chance.

    September 5, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Roy Mustang

    Wait, is Tom Cruise holding another wife audition already?

    September 5, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. s

    If (God Forbid) Robme becomes President, he will (by Executive Order), force these three women to become his 2nd, 3rd and 4th wives,.. assuming that Ann is his 1st. How many wives does he have anyway?

    September 5, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Kendall

    Was Kim Kardashian unavailable?

    September 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Anthony... proud tax payer

    I like how these commentors are bashing these "Hollywood" types, when a week earlier we had a senile Clint talking to a chair. And before that, they had Reagan asking Nancy when nap time was.

    Really people? Republicans must really hate women. And Portman is a Harvard grad... so she's probably smarter then most of you commenting.

    I sense a bit of envy cause the RNC was so screwed up and full of lies.

    So far, the DNC will have a disabled veteran, Lilly Ledbetter, The first Black First Lady, the first Mexican Keynote speaker, A female Harvard grad actress, Bill "surplus" Clinton, and many others. Wow.. makes the RNC's "please vote for us, we're normal people too" convention look rather silly. Especially when Clint's chair showed more life then Mitt, and Clint's chair was way more honest then Ryan.

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. DefendComSen

    Palladin SF- You're crazy if you think that Ryan or Romney were any more privileged or sheltered than Obama. Go do some homework. Never held a job in his life. Single mom, but went to the best of schools throughout his life – never public.

    Ryan is only wealthy because he married rich – not because he grew up rich.

    BTW – vouchers are the ONLY way! Public schooling is DOA

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Lots of green eyed monsters on the the thread today. . . tell you what, try Eastwooding. LOL!

    September 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. TheVoice2

    Mitt/Ryan's plans:
    Balance budget= tax cuts for the rich, vouchers to replace Medicare
    Create jobs= tax cuts for the rich, deregulate wall street
    Foreign Policy= tax cuts for the rich, more wars
    Healthcare= none
    Education= gut it

    September 5, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. dewey

    Hahaha all the Republicans would kill to have any one of these women to speak at the RNC but no, you get a grandpa and an empty chair...OH don't forget the random weird Chuck Norris commercial talking about 1000 years of darkness...weird.

    September 5, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Polar Bear

    Ah, a full line of lib airheads! Way to go! I'm surprised that they didn't invite Clint.

    September 5, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. dewey

    @DefendComSen "Excellent. I was hoping to hear about the needs of my country from three young women who have spent their sheltered and privileged lives making MILLIONS of dollars pretending to be someone other than themselves. What role models for the young American woman.

    How could any rational, thinking adult take anything these three have to say seriously? Let them work at Walmart for a few years while living in a duplex and driving themselves to work in an '80s Mazda to make money to pay off the interest payment on their student loans and THEN I might be interested in their opinions."

    Wait, so you have a problem with these women because they are speaking at the DNC but you don't have that problem with Romney when he's running for office? OHHHH it's cuz its 3 WOMEN ok got it.

    September 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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