Today news broke that the undeniably brilliant and multitalented Angelina Jolie will act as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. In recent years, Jolie's career trajectory has taken an interesting turn as she's worked tirelessly on her humanitarian efforts, social activism, and her work as the Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
With her impressive and varied résumé, people are starting to think that the mom-of-six might be leaving the glitz and glamor of Hollywood for something a bit more impactful. Here are seven actors and actresses who look like they might be preparing themselves for a political campaign:
1. Angelina Jolie
As stated above, it seems likely that the next natural step for Jolie is to take her work down a more official avenue. In an official statement regarding her position as visiting professor, Jolie spoke about her hopes for the program and its potential impact on politics:
“I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s programme. ... I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie explained her work as a humanitarian and her efforts toward making a positive difference in the world:
“When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered. Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility.”
2. George Clooney
Talk of George Clooney's political aspirations has long been making its way around the internet. His 2014 marriage to the brilliant human rights lawyer, activist and author Amal Clooney only exacerbated the chatter.
In October 2015, Clooney dispelled such claims as blatant rumor, telling People magazine:
"I've been asked that for almost 20 years now and the answer is just no."
Even so, plenty of people are still calling for his involvement, given the current state of world affairs. Considering his years of service and activism, particularly in regards to the Darfur conflict, I think he could bring a lot into office. If we can convince him to, that is. With someone as strong as Amal Clooney by his side, I think they'd make a formidable political force to be reckoned with.
3. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
If being one of the busiest men in Hollywood weren't enough, Dwayne Johnson might also have his eyes on the Oval Office. After Injo posted a debate on why The Rock would be great as the leader of the free world, the muscleman went on to retweet the article.
As a longtime registered Republican, he might just be the fresh new face with multi-party appeal the GOP could use. It might not seem like the most obvious choice, but who doesn't love The Rock?
4. Ben Affleck
Much like his fellow actors on the list, Ben Affleck has a long history of humanitarian and nonprofit work, including his foundation the Eastern Congo Initiative. In 2012, Affleck addressed rumors of his political involvement in an interview on Bob Schieffer's Face the Nation.
"I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country, it's a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I've watched so much. But I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future.”
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
After Leonardo DiCaprio's long overdue Oscar win, the Revenant actor took his time on stage to speak about actions we should take as a nation to protect our environment.
With his work with organizations like Global Green USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and his contributions to the Democratic Party, it feels like only a matter of time before DiCaprio throws his bearskin hat into the ring.
6. Kanye West
Even for a celebrity, Kanye West's name is brought up a lot in the news due to his frequent rants and Twitter tirades. He also made headlines back in August after he announced his plans to run for president in 2020 during the MTV Movie Awards.
Our current commander in chief had some advice for Yeezy if he's serious about running for office:
Of course, some of this is purely speculative and holds little weight on actual politics, but after Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee, these celebs hardly seem out of the realm of possibility.