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. Polar Bear

    How it works: I simply won't go see movies that Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Scarlett Johanssen, etc. are in. Their political views, which they are more than happy to espouse from their platform of fame, are too distracting. They are actors, for gosh sakes! And most actors don't have any idea of the world the rest of us live in. But of course, when the libs want to soak the "evil rich," they don't mean famous actors, right? Because, like, you know, like, they're cool!

    September 5, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. xmanvietnam

    These three women are enforcing the adage the " can't have beauty and brains in the same package..." Just last week, Hollywood was complaining about the poor turnout over the summer. Another four years of Obama, and they'll be begging to take a tramp steamer to film on Skull Island.

    While they are attractive, I really have no respect for their politicial insights; they appear to be guided more by 'Hollywood' than by common sense. Let's see where they stand after the revolution and they actually have to 'suffer' a little (heck, they might even have to brush their own hair).

    September 5, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Jesus

    GOP Folk:
    1. Stop it already – Reagan was as Hollywood as it gets – he was an actor
    2. You rushed to get in line and get on your knees for Clint last week and he spewed BS all over you. Great actor, horrible GOP blunder

    Hold your horses and see how the next few days go – great start but still a few days left

    September 5, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    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.
    And Arnold was Governor of California - that ended so well. Clint took too many shots to the head as Fido Beddo it appears. Speaking to the ladies' intellect: careful junior, Portman and Washington attended colleges you couldn't get into. As the esteemed GOP orator from Texas, Richard Perry said: "oops."

    September 5, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. deadelvis666

    Three vacuous nitwits will defend Obama who is every bit as much a War Criminal as his predecessor. So all the antiwar talk was just political BS. after all ? Look the other way when Obama does it.

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. ted

    How diverse! Two Jewish actresses and one black actress.

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. lj

    Kerry who?

    September 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Funny, the baggers and Fox trolls are complaining about these three women being shallow, yet "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" was rated higher than Lyin' Ryan's speech.

    Is she the new "redneck hottie" for the GOP base?

    September 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Obama Lied Jobs died

    Sad to see these Hollywood liberals lend support to the worst President in our lifetimes.
    Hollywood actresses are not experts on how to fix our deficit, they won't be able to tell us whether Obamacare's $1 trillion in higher taxes and $700 billion taken from medicare is good or bad. They will be reading scripted lines in support of a guy who's only skill is reading a teleprompter. More proof that what is said on the stage at the convention is scripted fictions, bread and circuses to fool the public.
    If America falls for it, we are truly lost. 4 years of a celebrity president and we have 23 million unemployed, $6 trilion in more debt, and the president has the worst economic record since Hoover. we cant afford 4 more years of this.

    September 5, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Joe

    Oh Boy what are those republican boys to do now , they can't schedule an enlargement surgery and recover fast enough to watch these gorgeous, intelligent , women .......... guess they will have to run out to get a pin-s pump or a strap on. Or maybe tap there shoes 3 times under a bathroom stall to get off.

    September 5, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Obama is turning the US in to Europe

    Let them do their thing…it’s their right..This counttry is stil split 50/50 politically.. I think it’s what makes us so great-even with all the fighting. I’m an Independent and gave Obama his shot and it didn’t work-I’m ready for a change amd will be voting Romney/Ryan

    September 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    Alternative headline: Democrats Utilize T!ts for Brains in Attempt to Get Anyone to Watch Convention.

    September 5, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Obama Lied Jobs died

    "While they are attractive, I really have no respect for their politicial insights; they appear to be guided more by 'Hollywood' than by common sense. "
    yeah. Most hollywood types involved in politics that are limosine liberals are stupid nitwits totally disconnected from reality. Its like they OD'ed on Disney and think wish fulfillment works in the real world.

    September 5, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Just WOW!


    And the popularity contest continues. Obama is looking for the last few undecided airheads out there who's vote can be influenced by a shooting star or two. At least Clint actually held an elected position in the government. But Natalie was in Star Wars! Natalie wins! Bwahahaha.

    September 5, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Michael Thompson

    Anyone who thinks that Natalie Portman is an airhead has no clue about her biography.

    September 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    Watching the right wing head implosions over actors speaking at the DNC is even more funny then watching them try to spin the "Old Man yells at chair" routine from the RNC.

    September 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. pattianne

    Gee. I am so excited that these three women are going to tell me who to vote for with their political expertise. I just can't wait (sarcasm). I didn't pay any attention to Clint and I am not going to pay attention to them. I am looking at the facts and asking, "Am I better off than four years ago?' and my answer is no. Although if we would at least pretend to have a major election every year, the President might give everyone some more money or his endorsement. We didn't get much during the first three years–an potential albatross called Obamacare- but look what has been done in the last 8 months to get votes-immigration reform by Executive Order , Vets (who I would also help), women's rights (although I thought I have had rights for years and didn't know I needed the DNC's help), etc., etc., etc.

    September 5, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Just WOW!

    Clooney says vote for Obama! You get the memo? Ok George, I'm on it. BTW, you were great in Oceans 1-23!

    September 5, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Evil 1%-ers at the DNC?

    Why are you Democrat's not immediately blasting these weatlthy women as you do with every other 1%er? Are they not just as out of touch of reality as a businessman? Hypocrites!

    September 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. ArticHunter

    @Polarbear: "...I simply won't go see movies that Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Scarlett Johanssen, etc. are in. Their political views,...are too distracting. They are actors, for gosh sakes". Actors like Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan?? They never said anything political, hahaha.
    Unlike you, Polar, I do enjoy Eastwood -Willis -Schwarzi movies, and I am an unapologetic libtard how you guys like to call us.
    And I thought polar bears don't know how to pay for the movie at the ticket counter. .. What has the world come to? Next, a giraffe watching tennis?

    September 5, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Asok Asus

    "Based on ... the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we are facing large increases in premiums for our students,”

    Does the average American understand the total insanity implied by this statement? If Obama gets re-elected, I would say no.


    The Party (1984)

    September 5, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Steve

    The Three Stooges redux.

    September 5, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Joe

    Personally I don't see the point of these conventions. It's a done deal well in advance these days. People have pretty much either made up their minds or are just going to vote their party lines. Bring on the debates.

    September 5, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. 2008-2016

    Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Sonny Bono, Arnold Scharwzenegger, Fred Thompson. . .the list of Hollywood GOPers
    holding public office goes on, but these three intelligent women want to speak at the DNC and a the right wingnut chasm
    of ignorance, hate, and intolerance opens wide. Oh I get it. It's OK if it's someone from the "right" side, huh? Pathetic.

    September 5, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Name SHOTT!

    Good move on the parts of the Democratic party. It shows just what the Republican party hadn't want, that our President is in touched with our today's society.

    September 5, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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