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Would you vote for Senator Alba? In the February issue of Self magazine, Jessica Alba gets giddy about powerful women in the White House -- and confesses her dream of a political career.
"When I was in Washington, D.C., I got to meet [Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi," the actress gushes. "She was so warm. I just grinned from ear to ear with my mouth open and my eyes bulging out of my head! Afterward, I called Cash [Warren, Alba's husband] and totally geeked out. I was beside myself. Tickled pink! The fact that a woman is Speaker of the House? Oh, my God!"
Could Alba, 28, see herself in a role like that? She's certainly thought about it: "I used to think being a marine biologist would be the best thing ever, but now that I've grown up and seen things in the world, I think politics. Advocating and lobbying for certain issues would be a pretty interesting way to live your life."
There's certainly a tradition of men in Hollywood succeeding in politics, from President Ronald Reagan and Mayor Clint Eastwood in the '80s to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today. While a famous actress running for election would certainly make headlines, Alba's image isn't usually associated with the intellectual actresses we could imagine holding public office (say, Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, Jamie Lee Curtis or Meryl Streep). Then again, maybe the Fantastic Four actress -- who was involved in a provocative voter-registration drive leading up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election -- is exactly who we need to shake things up.
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