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)

    It's all fantasy . Read Edward Klein's book THE AMATEUR. Michelle has expensive tastes writes Carol Felsenth,Valerie Jarrett, close friend of Michelle, run's the show keeping the President isolated she and Rahm Emanuel did not get along. Where is Oprah this time around?,apparently she is on the out list. It's all in the book. Maybe the reason Michelle want's to stay in WH is for her and her children, with all the crime in Chicago would you want to live there? Emanuel, no mention.

    September 5, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. creeker

    Lets add up how many Hollywood people think like me vs. them – cuz that's important n' stuff! /sarc

    September 5, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. PJ

    Mrs. Obama does not set policy, so discussing "economic cacophony" would not be appropriate.
    Speaking of "appropriate", I would hope you would not wear her beautiful dress to work, and I know you
    would not look as good in it. You are in the right crowd,.Apparently you want all women to return to the
    long dresses and little sunhats while driving their covered wagons across the desert, taking orders from
    the men folk, fits right in with the Republican agenda.
    A sleeveless dress is very appropriate and she looked great.

    September 5, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. cf

    It always amuses me when conservatives berate and dismiss celebrities that lean Democratic, when the heroes of the Republican party are Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Fred Thompson, Ted Nugent, Victoria Jackson, Charlton Heston - ALL HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES.

    September 5, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. LibSick

    "They look like real enough people to me. I thought the GOP worships success? "
    Well, if being the court jester is a success then you are correct. However, I can say that I don't consider being an entertainer being a success. Yes, they make loads of money but what have the accomplished? They are paid to play all day. Then the party away the nights. Those are not accomplishments.

    September 5, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. bobdall

    Lisa, no one discredits their success, it's just that according to obama and the dems, they didn't "build it" it was all due to others. They obviously don't have talent, anyone could do what they did if only the "others" had built them instead! lol

    September 5, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. MessiahNoMo

    Obama always think "Celebrity first". What has these A list bunch of women got to do with the dismal job report coming out Friday... tomorrow ??? This below is from today's
    Read it and cheer for these hotties while your jobs could be on the line...I hope you imagination goes WILD with pleasure!!
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The stakes are high and the forecast is gloomy, ahead of the August jobs report scheduled to be released Friday by the Labor Department.

    A month ago, that report showed businesses added 163,000 jobs in July. Job gains at that level were the strongest in five months, but still were not robust enough to keep up with population growth. The unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3%.

    September 5, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Michael B.

    These were for Clinton's benefit

    September 5, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. jagr1pooh

    What everyone seems to forget, is that the difference between these 3 hollywood elites and Clint Eastwood is that Clint actually has something to do with politics, he was a mayor for 2 years of Carmel by the Sea, CA. During his time he accomplished all the promises he made. These 3 lovely ladies mean nothing to anyone in the political world. What insight would they bring to the table.

    September 5, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. ConcernedParent

    If a person is considered a dependent child until the age of 26, they should be restricted from voting, drinking, and an unrestricted driver's license. Give them the keys to all adult activities once they can live on their own...

    September 5, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Dan

    Well, there are 3 more Hollywood liberals I'm boycotting. Even liberal TIME & Newsweek have gotten the message that if you do not do conservative commentary & just spread liberal ideas you have alienated more than half the country. This is the reason movie revenue has dropped precipitously since 2000-liberal hollywood celebrities who won't shut up.
    Romney-Ryan 2012

    September 5, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Jojola


    You are right about only one thing, yes they are being cut right now by your republican run congress who probably did attend private schools. Political Science 101, unions do not write legislation, that's suppose to be the job of Congress but we see how that is working, it's not! As for these three ladies, how do you know they attended private schools? That's the problem with repubs, they tout comments without any proof. Sorry, but I'm not a tea bagger that believes any and every thing someone claims to be true just because they say it. I require facts.

    September 5, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Paula McGowan

    You guys are so slanted that is truly frightening. Why can't you tell the news and quit promoting any particular group = democrats. But I guess you want a front seat to share the blame to bring USA to its knees. So enjoy your seat because when the thing collapses it'll hit you guys first. I wonder how it's going to feel knowing that you had a hand in the demise of one of the world's greatest countries ever.

    September 5, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. h2oclerk

    Well at least one talented actress (Portman). They'll certainly be easier to look at than Clint, but harder to listen to for anyone that doesn't like the brainless and shameless lies promoted by the Democrat party. I get tired on hearing people say what they want to do with my money. If they really want to do good, then encourage people to volunteer and contribute to charities – don't insist government has a right to forcibly take their money and property "for the better good". That is just thuggery – something a good citizen should spit on.

    September 5, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. john2012

    Tell you what, if I had to sit in a convention and listen to speeches from guys in suits all day, I'd welcome the chance to admire three pretty ladies on the stage.

    September 5, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. P. Lopez

    As a young Democract, I actually would love to NOT see these actresses on the DNC speakers' list. I'm a fan of them, but exactly why would anyone – especially undecided voters – care what they think? This is a ridiculous way for the DNC to promote "youth and inclusion" among the party. The audience conveys that, not Hollywood.

    September 5, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. kayla

    green with envy?

    September 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. BigFurHat

    Hollywood royalty???
    Johansson and Portman are crap actors and I never heard of the other one.
    That's some royalty.

    September 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. RoryM

    Certainly a more invigorating line up than Clint E, though I thought his speech was OK.
    I really enjoyed Cory Booker's speech- he was truly great, inspiring and a really smart guy.
    I googled him and he has more degrees and honorary doctorates than you can imagine.

    September 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    @JLAMES: Klein's book about President Obama is filled with nasty, second-hand info, the type of baseless crap you and the Repub's lap up.

    You guys just can stand the FACT that President Obama kept our country from going into a Great Depression; gave the order to kill bin Laden; championed policies that have resulted in 29 straight months of private sector growth; and saved the American auto industry, when private equity firms like Bain were too chicken to do so. Sour grapes is all you got – except, of course, your litany of economic, military and foreign policies that are all PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 5, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Say_NO_to_four_more_years

    Slap lipstick on a pig, still a pig. Now, it has rosy red lips.

    Glitz and glamour from beauty queens of Hollywood won't get Mr. BHO four (4) more years.

    Where is the substance in the DNC? Didn't they learn anything from the RNC, with the aweful experience with Clint Eastwood?

    These airheads -poor excuse of modern women – should stay away from the convention.

    It's time for real discussions and real solutions from real leadership.

    Please, no more of this noise. We do not want 4 more years.

    Trust Americans who know better. We are smarter than the Hollywood elite.

    This is not a popularity contest, this is a real election with real issues. Not a fantasy.

    September 5, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Paul B

    @Lisa P Put down the kool aid and take a deep breath. In general, Democrats encourage bigger government in the belief that the government knows how to take care of people better than the people themselves. In general, Republicans encourage smaller government in the belief that individuals know what is best for themselves. These aren't absolutes, as there are many examples of the opposite. I have moved to become more libertarian, as I want less government intrusion into my life. The Republicans are not the perfect choice, but I am damn sure not going with the current Democrats. If you want contraceptives, buy them yourself. If I am not harming anyone other than myself, no one should interfere.

    September 5, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Ed

    Repubs should be careful and face the facts that the campaign against Obama is a house of cards. The substantive attacks against Obama on welfare and medicare are at best inaccurate and misleading. That maybe fine for the party faithful but if Obama can demonstrate that Romney is distorting the facts in the debates the Repubs could easily lose support, especially if Obama links the distortion of such facts to a similar distortion of facts by GWB in the lead up to the Irag War, a war that cost 4000 young American lives and 100s of billions in dollars debt. The Repubs need to reach back to Carter which is a silly comparison, while the Dems need only go back 4 years. The Repubs keep giving Dems opportunities let's see if they take them. Still a long way to go and it should be interesting.

    September 5, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY


    Well, there are 3 more Hollywood liberals I'm boycotting. Even liberal TIME & Newsweek have gotten the message that if you do not do conservative commentary & just spread liberal ideas you have alienated more than half the country. This is the reason movie revenue has dropped precipitously since 2000-liberal hollywood celebrities who won't shut up.
    Romney-Ryan 2012

    OOOHHH NOOOOO!!!!! These three are now reconsidering! Poor Dan is gonna boycott them.I bet they'll be losing a lot of sleep over this dimwit and his tightie rightie boycott.....get over it Danny Boy. Who cares?

    September 5, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. hesea

    It is a joke isn't it? Who cares what these three dimwits say. If Obama wants to parade out the stars what happen to the A list stars, they don't seem as prevelent this go around.

    September 5, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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