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:

“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.

5. Katy PerryDuring the 2016 presidential election race, “Bon Appetit” singer Katy Perry shared a picture of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and herself along with a very telling caption:

“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.

6. Will SmithIn October of 2016, Will Smith got real about the pressures of politics.

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.

7. Oprah WinfreyFans of Oprah Winfrey have urged her to run for office for decades, but it wasn’t until Trump’s election that she seriously considered 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.

8. Tom HanksAfter Vulture asked Tom Hanks about the growing call for his involvement in politics, he expressed doubt he was capable.

“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.

9. Roseanne BarrComedienne Roseanne Barr actually ran for president in 2012, coming in sixth place in the election. Her success was a testament to the power of a familiar face, much of her popularity driven by her bipartisan points-of-view.

“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?

10. Mark ZuckerbergIn early 2017, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerbergwas asked if he’d ever consider running for president. Interestingly, the tech guru avoided a yes-or-no answer:

“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.

11. Tim McGrawCountry singer Tim McGraw has been mulling over running for political office publicly for decades. “I’ve been fortunate in my career and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do the things that I’ve done, and had the success that I’ve had, and come from where I come from, in any other country than this country,” he told Big Machine Label Group. “It’s a great country. You always wanna look at ways that you can give back.”

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.

12. Ben AffleckActor Ben Affleck has taken talk of his own political aspirations in a direction best described as coy. “I like the idea of running for office,” he told The New York Times in late 2016. “I think there’s something noble in public service.”

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.”

13. Mark CubanShark Tank investor and Dallas Mavericks co-owner Mark Cuban seems to have been inspired to get more political following Trump’s election. When asked if he’d run for president by Business Insider in February 2017, the billionaire responded with a simple, “We will see.”

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.

15. Howard SternInfamous radio host Howard Stern ran for the New York state governorship in 1994. While he eventually pulled out of the race in order to maintain his financial privacy, he has remained outspoken in the political world.

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.”


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