Hillary Clinton Praises "Amazing" 'Handmaid’s Tale' at Girls Build L.A. Leadership

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During an onstage interview with comedian Jessica Williams at the Girls Build L.A. Leadership Summit, the former presidential candidate also said that she’s a fan of 'Madam Secretary' and 'The Crown.'

No surprise, but Hillary Clinton isn’t tuning into a lot of television news shows these days.

“I try not to watch too much news because it’s upsetting to me but I do like to know what’s happening so I go online and I try to follow stories that I’m interested in,” Clinton said today at the Girls Build L.A. Leadership Summit while being interviewed onstage by Jessica Williams.

But the former democratic presidential hopeful, who entered the L.A. Convention Center hall to thunderous applause from the 10,000 public middle school and high school girls gathered for the event, does indulge in some series television.

“I watch Madam Secretary because I was secretary of state once,” Clinton said. “I love that and actually some of the stories are pretty realistic and I think, ‘Where did they get that idea?’”

And while the patriarchal “under his eye” world of The Handmaid's Tale is regularly compared to the era of President Trump, that hasn’t kept Clinton from watching the Hulu adaptation of the Margaret Atwood’s novel. “It’s so amazing,” Clinton, adding that she’s also looking forward to watching the second season of The Crown.

Clinton reminisced about her time in high school listening to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and getting involved with the fight for civil and women’s rights. “It was an exciting time to be young,” she said.

Clinton was also an aspiring actress-singer while still in high school.

She tried out for a production of Bye Bye Birdie. “The director said I could be in the musical if I didn’t sing,” Clinton said with a laugh.

When not on the road and back at home, Clinton says she continues enjoying walks in the woods, practicing alternate nostril breathing yoga and spending time with her granddaughter, three-year-old Charlotte, and 18-month-old grandson, Aidan.

Speaking of little ones, Hillary and Bill Clinton attended a baby shower earlier this week for longtime supporter BeautyCon CEO Moj Mahdara, whose fiance Roya Rastegar is expecting their first child together.

“She got us some really cute baby clothes,” Mahdara told The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s really excited and said, ‘I’m gonna keep giving you cute baby clothes.’ My friends didn’t know they were coming so they kind of freaked out.”

Later on, Mahdara moderated a panel featuring Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and Uber’s marketing chief Bozoma Saint John.

Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe led a group meditation, telling THR that he hopes to return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to conduct another on-air mediation like he did in August.

“Jimmy said, 'Let’s kind of have you when it feels like the country is in meltdown,'" Puddicombe told THR, quickly cracking, “I can’t come to New York every week.”

The last speaker of the day was California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat who is already on many politicos’ wish lists to run for President in 2020. Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is now running for governor, told THR he would love to see Harris “throw her hat in” for the White House.

Harris, however, told THR she’s staying focused on the 2018 midterm election. “2020 doesn’t matter if we don’t do well in 2018,” she said.

An inspirational video message from Michelle Obama closed out the program.

“Trust me, I know that things can get tough,” the former first lady said. “I know that some of your parents may be struggling to get a job or pay the bills. Maybe you’re worried about paying for your own college, supporting your family. Maybe you’re dealing with drugs or violence or other issues in your home or in your community. But if there is one truth I want you to take away from this summit it’s that you have everything you need to achieve your dreams. You’re going to have to dig deep. You’re going to have to look inside yourself and find the courage and determination that I know you have in your hearts.”