Politics | August 23, 2017 1:18 pm

Emmy-Nominated Actress Shailene Woodley Not Ruling Out Run for Congress

Woodley, who recently co-starred in HBO series 'Big Little Lies,' is a budding political activist.

With the 2017 Emmy Awards less than a month away—and Game of Thrones ineligible for inclusion this year—we’ll be seeing some fresh, new faces hoisting statuettes on Sept. 17.

One of those could be 26-year-old Shailene Woodley, who had a breakout performance, co-starring in the much-buzzed-about HBO limited series, Big Little Lies (unfortunately, she’s pitted against fellow co-star Laura Dern in the best-supporting actress category).

But her star-power could win her a lot more than just an Emmy. In a recent interview, she did with The New York Times, Woodley said that her part in Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign emboldened her to get into politics. “There was a point last year … where I thought, ‘Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years.’ And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”

Woodley is not a stranger to politics; she made waves back in October 2016, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota—and was arrested for it, which she live-streamed on Facebook. Woodley ended up pleading guilty and getting probation for her actions.

Historically speaking, Hollywood has fared well in the political arena: Former actor Ronald Reagan was elected president; ’80s action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger served two terms as the governor of California; and Donald Trump, who starred on TV’s The Apprentice, is our current commander-in-chief.