First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington
September 5th, 2012
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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. j14401s

    How can they be secret guests if you are portraying their pictures here and in writing. Lies again. We're tired of being lied to by media's.

    September 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Draxta

    If you, as an American, are not insulted by the flagrant parading of useless celebrities to sell the failed Obama agenda, then you are too stupid to even vote and you should go back to watching the Kardashians.

    September 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Seth

    To you GOP wingnuts ripping them for being actors, what was your lord and savior Reagan? Do you even remember? Oh yeah, an actor.

    September 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. RobK

    At least they have more experience acting, than Obama had in government before becoming President.

    September 5, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. RobK

    Clint has more experience acting, directing and producing than the three of them put together (and a dozen more of their ilk).

    September 5, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Adi

    Margo, and Eastwood showing up at RNC was a legit performance? Talk about double standards...

    September 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Larry L

    The contrast in the two conventions must be frightening to Republicans. The uninspired, negative, and distorted message from the RNC couldn't motivate a person to scream if their hair was on fire. The speeches by Michelle Obama and Julian Castro were moving and truly inspiring. Romney's speech was like the man – dull and lacking vision.

    September 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. schmez

    Funny. CNN insists on comments being moderated. In the words of the original and true conservative Barry Goldwater: "I would remind you that extremisim, in the defense of liberty, is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

    September 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. SpiderPie

    What are the odds that at least one of these oh-so-important Hollywood starlets does a parody of the "empty chair"?

    September 5, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. george of the jungle

    three young smart talented women . I guess the repos can't wait to rip them apart. Forward 2012 intellegence does matter.

    September 5, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Larry L


    To you GOP wingnuts ripping them for being actors, what was your lord and savior Reagan? Do you even remember? Oh yeah, an actor.
    Great observation!

    September 5, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Pa Voter

    Hollywood's royalty ?

    September 5, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. RobK

    It is the perfect contrast: an experienced and successful businessman and governor versus a pretty face who is good at reading other people's lines.

    September 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. billy davis

    The differences are clear. The GOP is about benefitting old white men while the DNC is about benefitting all Americans...

    September 5, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Matthew

    Why on earth should any person whatsoever be concerned about what a Hollywood actor or actress has to say about any topic whatsoever? It doesn't matter if the person's last name is Portman, Johansson, or Eastwood. As a whole, the Hollywood establishment are some of the most vapid, misinformed, superficial people on the planet, and all of them are very much part of the 1% everyone likes to rail against. We don't pay attention what Tom Cruise has to say about psychiatry (and rightly so), we don't pay attention to what Jenny McCarthy has to say about autism (and rightly so), and we didn't pay attention to what Charlton Heston had to say about gun ownership (and rightly so). So why, now, when our country is facing many serious problems and will be for the foreseeable future, are we wasting time with what three Hollywood socialites and a crusty Hollywood dinosaur have to say about topics they probably know very little about?

    September 5, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. snakebite201

    You can say Eastwood was an actor, yes, but he was also a Mayor. These three lovely ladies are actors and actors alone. They are there for the sole purpose, not to make any political difference, but to achieve viewership. I think it will probably work.

    September 5, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Norm

    Im voting for Obama.
    At least he has four years experience at being POTUS.
    There are only a handful of people on the planet that can claim that on their resume'.
    Romney was just a failed governor.
    We already know what his political record is.

    September 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. JR

    They should bring in Chavez, they already had Castro.

    September 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. SPA Knight

    It takes the Democrats three Hollywood girls to try and equalize the Republican impact of Clint Eastwood portraying Obama as an empty chair (suit). They are so in reaction mode.

    September 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Lisa P

    Marc L from NY

    Are they trying to compare the weight of Clint Eastwood to these women? Give me a break! That is a complete joke and shows the mentality of the Democratic party. Compare the resumes.
    September 5, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am
    Well give them a chance - at their age Clint Eastwood had only just discovered that his main talent was riding a horse and not saying very much (a lesson he ignored, unfortunately, at the RNC). Most of his screen time was as background or walk-on-walk-off characters and many of them didn't have names, not because of legendary myth-building but because they were so unimportant to the script that no one could be bothered to give them names. He would have killed to have had half the career that any of these young women have had so far, and he probably would have killed anything he was in had he had the sort of roles they easily handle. If we're all still around in 2160 or 2064 we'll find out if any of them, or all of them, can also give a better endorsement speech at his age.

    September 5, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Comanche Voter

    No I won't rip these three young smart talented women. I'd advise them to be cautious about and around that old lecher Blll Clinton.

    But tell me just what these three nice young smart talented women have to tell us about governing the country? They can read a script and they can act (sort of). So what?

    September 5, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. DDanny1

    I'm still keeping my fingers crossed the Democrats drop the Clooney bomb on the Republicans. The carnage would be terrible.
    It will be interesting to see how much of a bump Obama gets from the convention. Two weeks ago Rove was on FOX saying a 2% bump for Romney from the GOP convention would be "disastrous". He predicted 5%-11% I wonder what adjective he'll use for Romney's ONE PERCENT BUMP. My guess is going to be "Hugely Successful".

    September 5, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Deb in MT

    I've been a huge fan of Clint Eastwood–waaaay back to his "Rawhide" days–and thought his bitter & confusing ramble at the RNC was just sad sad sad. He seemed to diminish as I watched.

    A diminished & bitter old man squandering his once great talent on stage vs three vibrant & progressive, intelligent, and talented young women: what a metaphor for the RNC vs DNC.

    September 5, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    @Fair is Fair – If a self proclaimed christian conservative didn't think it possible for Satan to commit rape, then that person is not faithful christian.

    " I think its Ironic that every one is all over the top 1% of our country when they pay 70% to the existing tax base and 50% of America does not pay taxes"

    I think it is most ironic and the height of hypocrisy that conservatives will rant about half of the country "not paying taxes" on one side of their mouth, while singing the praises of Ronald Reagan, who began that tax policy over strong liberal objections, out of the other side of their mouth.

    September 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    @Fair is Fair
    Rudy NYC

    @UDidn'tBuildThat – What is the christian conservative opinion on abortion when the rapist is the Devil, Satan?
    This conservative Christian would recommend you seek intensive counseling if you think the devil is raping and impregnating women.

    September 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |


    Do you know what a hypothetical question is? Learn context clues, sister. Typical Republican: act first, think later.

    September 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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