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.
1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tom Hanks made a joke out of their presidential ticket on SNL, Johnson has mentioned the possibility on several other occasions. “A real national poll brought together Republicans and Democrats in saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today to become president,” he said during a May 2017 appearance on The Tonight Show.
2. Chris Rock
“I’m gonna run in 2020 wish me luck,” comedian Chris Rockannounced via Twitter in November 2016.
He has yet to mention it since, but fans seem to think it’s a real possibility. After all, he had first-hand practice in Head of State.
3. Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West announced his bid for the presidency after taking the stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, and has stuck to his guns since.
In November 2016, he told BBC Radio 1, “If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive, I’m going to try to do it.”
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.'”
4. Ron PerlmanHellboy star Ron Perlman shocked his audience when he announced his intention to go for the Oval Office in November 2016: