4:52pm PT by Jackie Strause
TV Presidents Throw Their Support Behind Hillary Clinton
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Goldwyn threw their fictional presidential support behind Hillary Clinton this week.
Louis-Dreyfus, who plays President Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep — though, spoiler alert: She's now an ex-president after the season five finale — took to Twitter to "declare proudly" that she supports Clinton, who made history as the first female presidential nominee for a major party.
Ahead of day three of the Democratic National Convention, which saw speeches from Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton's vp pick, Tim Kaine, the actress referenced her character's journey from Veep to president in her endorsement for the possible real-life female president.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) July 27, 2016
On ABC's Scandal, Goldwyn has run the Oval Office as Republican President Fitzgerald Grant for five seasons on the Shonda Rhimes-created series. The actor was a scheduled speaker on the second day of the convention, when he introduced the Mothers of the Movement and endorsed Clinton. Then on Thursday, he returned with a video message titled "History Lessons With Tony Goldwyn."
From inside the Assembly Room in Philadelphia's Independence Hall, Goldwyn spoke about "the birthplace of our nation" in the four-minute video that didn't make it to air on most TV news networks (watch it in full below).
Both Louis-Dreyfus and Goldwyn have been vocal throughout the election year.
In a recent cover story with The Hollywood Reporter, the Seinfeld star and longtime Democrat said her own reprehensible TV politician could "give Donald Trump a run for his money" and she couldn't hide her disgust when asked about the outrageous political climate. "Originally, this show was meant to be a political satire," Louis-Dreyfus said about Veep. "And now, I feel as if it's more a somber documentary." (On the show, Meyer's party affiliation has never been mentioned.)
Goldwyn is a personal pal and has been an avid supporter of Clinton's, along with the rest of his Scandal cast. In March, Rhimes debuted an endorsement video for Clinton during her "TGIT" lineup that featured herself and her three leading ABC ladies, Scandal's Kerry Washington, How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis and Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo.
Rhimes also created the 12-minute introduction video that played before Clinton took the stage to give her historic speech on Thursday night, the final night of the DNC. The short film, titled Hillary, chronicled Clinton's life and was narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Goldwyn was one of a slew of celebrities who lent their star power to the DNC. Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Longoria, Sarah Silverman, Angela Bassett, Ted Danson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lee Daniels, Debra Messing, Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Key, and Demi Lovato were all scheduled speakers and performers.
As for Democratic star power, the four-day convention saw speeches from President Barack Obama and the first lady; Chelsea and Bill Clinton; and Hillary's former rival Bernie Sanders, in addition to Biden.