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Shailene Woodley ‘not going to rule out’ political career

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The ballot for the 2020 US elections has the potential to look a lot like the guest list for the Vanity Fair Oscars after party.

The latest celebrity to suggest they may try their hand at politics is Big Little Lies actress Shailene Woodley. 

Shailene Woodley 'not going to rule out' political career
Actress Shailene Woodley poses for photographers upon arrival at a central London cinema for the world premiere of “Insurgent”. 

Woodley, who campaigned for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries last year, told the New York Times that, during the campaign, she considered running for US congress in “a couple [of] years”. And she’s still thinking it could be a good option.

“I’m not going to rule it out,” she said. “Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”

Shailene Woodley is known for her activism off-screen. The actress was arrested for trespass in October 2016 while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year of probation.

 

had to fly to LA for three long days of jury duty. my heart and prayers were with the people up here in North Dakota the whole time. sure feels good to be back on the ground with these brothers and sisters. link in bio! #dakotaaccesspipeline #dakotaaccess #UpToUs #RezpectOurWater

A post shared by shailene woodley (@shailenewoodley) on Aug 18, 2016 at 11:27pm PDT

In 2010, she and her mother co-founded environmental youth leadership program, All It Takes.

Last year, Woodley joined the board of Our Revolution, an advocacy group that grew out of Sanders’ campaign.

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Performance politics: other A-listers considering standing for office

Kanye West

After flagging it at the 2015 VMAs, rapper Kanye West flagged his interest in running for president in 2020, and – although he went quiet about it for a while – in a BBC interview earlier this year, he appeared to (in a very Kanye way), say he was still keen.

“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” West, who supported Clinton’s presidential campaign, said. “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it.”

The Rock

Speaking to GQ magazine in June, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is a registered Independent and has previously attended both Republican and Democratic conventions, described a 2020 presidential run as a “real possibility”.

Although he has not revealed who he voted for in last year’s presidential election, The Rock has been critical of Trump’s travel ban.

Chris Rock

Was Chris Rock’s post-election tweet a throwaway comment or a campaign launch? You decide.

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