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. Ayala the Great!

    As RICH people, they need to give their fair share! At least 75%. Remember, you do not not want to be successful iand have money in this country. If you do, you need to give it to the Poor.

    September 5, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    sounds like its time to boycott these actresses.

    September 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Pa Voter

    Why not Danny Glover, hes an avid Obamanation supporter ?
    Or Maybe Alex Baldwin ?
    Oops youre right, the women are not that outspoken and the public hasn't been exposed to how nuts they are yet.

    September 5, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Dave

    Does anyone really care what these people think? Honestly? It is amazing to see something as serious as a presidential election turn into entertainment tonight!

    September 5, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. RobK

    A 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 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. McDuck

    Clint lives in the Conservative bubble. He has no idea what is going on in the world, today. The Republicans are dinosaurs that want to take everyone back to the middle ages where rich plantation owners had slaves or tenant farmers, and where women where owned completely by men. The want to control everyone so that only the elite will prosper. They effectively get sheep to vote for them by routinely pressing the Abortion, Gun Ownership, and Gay Rights buttons. It will be a breath of fresh air to see these young, vibrant, intelligent women on the stage supporting a President who believes in the future, not the past. Good night, Clint. It's past your bedtime.

    September 5, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. imsickofitall

    Hollywood royalty?? god help us. How about featuring three female school teachers or nurses or someone that has some sense of reality and isn't wearing a $40,000.00 dress or 6 figures in jewelry. Yepper... those democrats are really connected with us working folk....

    September 5, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    @ Southern Hottie –

    "Do you know what a hypothetical question is? Learn context clues, sister. Typical Republican: act first, think later."
    Want to go hypothetical, "sister"??? OK, here's a "hypothetical" for you...

    What if science, which is improving constantly, proved, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that life begins at conception. What will be the democrats response to the 50 million aborted babies since 1973? Will they just say "oops"?

    I seriously suggest you stop asking hypothetical questions, unless you're in a philosophy class.

    September 5, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. John

    Yes! It about time the DNC showed everyone who the liberal 1%ers supporting them are!! Wait, rich liberal 1%ers? I thought they all gave their money away? Oh, I see, they only want to tax rich business owners, not rich non-productive liberals. Hollywood and sports stars are exempt from the liberal demonization of having money.

    September 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. tunatofu

    I did not think that Natalie Portman was a US citizen (she's Israeli). Can she speak for a president she cant vote for?

    September 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Jonathan Collins

    I was informed that there are three more speakers scheduled. With the popularity of seeing that fitting tribute to Ted Kennedy battling Mitt Romney, the two Kennedy boys, John and Robert will also be speaking. They will be reaching out to the dead vote, which as any honest American will tell you, have been known to be worth tens of thousands of votes for the Democrats. Also, since they're dead, they're not required to apply for photo identification. The final speaker, to tout his union being part owner of General Motors and to thank Obama for the $25 billion payout and gift of GM, former UAW head Jimmy Hoffa will be appearing on the video screen.

    September 5, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Vince

    I'd much rather look at those 3 then an out of touch old man talking to an invisible person.

    September 5, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Pete

    You're hearing republicans crying out there saying its not fair,we got an old actor in Clint Eastwood and you get young enthusiast actors,actresses that will not only speak well for the president but will campaign cross country as well!!Is it fair that they're not acting like republicans want,being enthusiast about our candidate Romney, while in reality we really dispise him.Obama is truelly loved by these actors,actresses,they're not paid like probibly Clint was,you know he didn't come on his own,someone had to beg him,maybe Priebus he's good at begging ,how did ya think he got his job and he wasn't acting!!!

    September 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. zp

    I agree with RobK. No one compares to Clint! His stature is above the fray of typical Hollywood. And his message was right-on! Michele Obama's speech had no substance – and did not even address the economic cacophony of our nation today. These actresses will be more of the same – just acting – part of the show. Which also brings up – what was the first lady wearing? I wouldn't wear that to work, let alone addresssing the nation. Why does she feel the need to always show so much skin? It's not professional or appropriate for the position she's in. Let's get this country back to working and thriving!! We need new leaders!

    September 5, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Stephen Daugherty

    Sorry Clint, but I think I like Democratic Convention speakers better.

    Wait, what was that, invisible Clint?

    Oh. You like them too. Wait, you can't say that to them!

    Oh. That's what you meant. Sorry. Well, if you're going to talk about chairs and dancing... Oh, right. I'll be going now.

    September 5, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. King

    While I support the DNC.....I am still scratching my head over this decision. Those three women cannot hold a candle to the likes of Eastwood (no matter how rediculous that speech he gave was). They should have at least tried to swing for will Smith, a Baldwin or someone with a larger than life presence in Hollywood. None of those actresses have really done anything other have have stellar supporting roles.....with the exception of Portman's Black Swan role. Just not seeing it...

    September 5, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. mig

    It might be more important to see Romneys tax returns for the last ten years.

    September 5, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Warmyoutwice

    Obama and the dems remind me of the elementary school student council election. 'Vote for me and I will buy you a pizza..' And adding these bims to the ticket while wearing out every sports analogy there is only makes it obvious they are sponsoring nothing more than a popularity contest. Way to wreck the country!

    September 5, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. gt

    maybe these three can hire a few of the unemployed......but they look hot

    September 5, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. migRomney basher

    I just want to see Romneys tax returns for the last ten years.

    September 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    I seriously suggest you stop asking hypothetical questions, unless you're in a philosophy class.
    I asked the original question. Excuse me for a question that is difficult to answer. But, I ask again anyway because it deserves an answer.

    How do you feel about abortion if the rapist is Satan?

    September 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Vic of New York

    Ode to Commentator "Jonathan Collins": Hey Jonny, didn't you just love the tape last night where Ted Kennedy made a CHUMP out of Mitt Romney during their Senatorial debate? There was ole "Which Way (?) Mitt" standing up for a woman's right to abortion, while Teddy painted him as a "convenience store politician".

    I love your judgement of who is an "honest American". I guess Lying Paul Ryan is one of those "honest Americans" you trust in. I'll tell you, Jonathan, I only wish I could run a "sub-three hour marathon" like he did.

    With respect to the "final speaker touting his union", you probably are one of those Americans who like to slap your mother around after she fed you as a child. The kind Michelle Obama referenced as "slamming the door" behind them after they have crossed the doorway of opportunity in America. Were it not for those unions, you might not enjoy the cat's perch you do today. The laws this country preventing child labor, and abusive labor practices was done on their backs. Jonny boy, I know you don't appreciate that. Because, like your hero: Mitt Romney – you just don't get it.

    September 5, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. RnR528

    Did not the audience get the opportunity to see the inclusiveness of the Democratic Party without the pandering that by having 2 white and 1 African American actresses represent the diversity of the party????? You media-types are way too much! Open your eyes and get a grip!!!!

    September 5, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. norquist

    I really think all that matters is seeing Romneys tax returns for the past ten years.

    September 5, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. NameJo

    The RNC wants to "take the country back" – yes, yes – they want to take the country back allright, all the way back to those Mad Men dats of the early 60's, before the Voting Rights Act, before women were given the freedom over their family planning with the availability of contraception, before Watergate. The year is not 1960, the year is 2012 and, as the First Lady said so eloquently, the BIG difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Democrats want to OPEN the door to lead many people to success and not slam it shut behind them so that only 1% gets through!

    September 5, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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