The Republican National Convention brought out Clint Eastwood to add celebrity to its gathering. Tonight, though, the Democratic National Convention will feature actresses Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Kerry Washington.
The three younger actresses show a distinctive age gap between the two parties and the crowds they are trying to appeal to. They are scheduled to appear tonight, when President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nomination for office.
The choice to bring these three actresses in "could help Democrats present a picture of inclusiveness and diversity within the party," according to CNN. The DNC has attempted to bridge all types of gaps and present a picture of diversity among its members and constituents.
Portman, Johansson, and Washington have all been vocal supporters of Obama, speaking at campaign events and working to see Obama reelected.
"In the three years since taking office, President Obama has delivered on many of his promises from the 2008 election," Washington told Elev8. "He has expanded health care coverage for millions of Americans. He's recovered the auto industry, saving countless jobs," she explained, which is why she is supporting his campaign.
For Portman, the decision to support Obama was partly based on his decisions to benefit women. At a rally in Las Vegas, Portman spoke about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensured equal pay for equal work, as well as Obama's health care plan.
"We would go back to the days where being pregnant is a pre-existing condition," Portman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I think the thing that is most upsetting in the past four years is how partisan [the Republican party has] been in blocking Obama's reforms. All of us should be putting our country first."
"There is so much at stake in this campaign," Johansson said in a press statement. "2012 will not be easy. We have to fight even harder this time around." She has attended several Obama events, including the Runway to Win, which combined fashion and fundraising.