Celebrities are generally successful in the political arena, and that’s because people love a familiar face. Nowadays, it seems, the people of the U.S. prefer someone they’ve known for years — laughed at, laughed with, cried for — over an established politician who’s had less on-screen time. For better or worse, there is indeed something attractive about electing a leader whose career you’ve watched play out for decades.
While it’s impossible to tell the future, there’s a legitimate chance at least one person on this list could become president of the United States.
2. Chris Rock
3. Kanye West
He went on to say that, although he’s “not a politician,” he does a lot of thinking about how he can get there: “I sit in clubs and I’m like,
‘Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.'”
“I am hereby using my immense Facebook presence to announce my candidacy for President of United States, 2020,” he wrote alongside a pic of himself with his hand over his heart.
“42, 43, 46?!” she wrote, probably in reference to her own hopeful position as the 46th president of the U.S. Perry was also outspoken in her support for Hillary Clinton, going so far as to dress up as the politician for Halloween.
During an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, he said, “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” referencing Trump’s problematic policy on the group. “I mean, I gotta be the president,” he said. “What else would I run for? Come on!”
While Smith went on to say he was “really kind of joking” about seriously running, it was indeed a sign he’d consider the possibility.
“I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh,'” she said during an appearance on Bloomberg.
“Just because I’m an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that,” he said. “But the concept of actually voting for someone just because they can do that?” In May 2017, however, Hanks took the idea a step farther when he “announced” his presidential ticket alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. A comedic stunt, or a bid to assess interest? You tell us.
“I’m completely cynical,” Barr told the Los Angeles Times in the summer of 2016. “But I think that people’s love for each other could possibly turn things around. If we were loving each other enough, I think the mental waves would go out there and explode the meteor. Our mental power is millions of times bigger than we think.” The New York Times has since claimed Barr simply “picked the wrong year to run for president.” Should we expect a comeback?
“I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” he responded. In other words? Who knows what the future holds.
Although the “Humble and Kind” singer has politics on the brain, he’s also shared that he wouldn’t consider running for senate or above until his three daughters were finished growing up.
The 2016 presidential election, he added, had given him hope:
“I will say the one great thing about November of 2016 is that all of a sudden I became qualified to run for president,” he said.”
14. Angelina Jolie
Few on our list are quite as qualified to own the role of U.S. president as Angelina Jolie. In addition to her myriad philanthropic endeavors, the actress has held the title of Special Envoy to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) since 2012. She’s also known for founding the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which strives to bring opportunity to developing countries.
“The only thing I can do is to use my voice, and encourage others, and raise my children to know right and wrong and to have a broad view of the world, and to embrace their diversity and other people’s, and respect others,” Jolie told the BBCin February 2017.
Stern, who was friends with Trump before the reality star was elected as U.S. president, opened up about his concerns on his radio show in early 2016: “[Trump is] now on this anti-Hollywood kick. [Trump] loves Hollywood. First of all, he loves the press. He lives for it. He loves people in Hollywood. He only wants to hobnob with them. And all of this hatred and stuff directed toward him, it’s not good for him…Listen, there’s a reason every president who leaves the office has gray hair.”