Is Elizabeth Banks At The Democratic National Convention? The 'Pitch Perfect' Director Is Making An Appearance
The 2016 Democratic National Convention is set to bring some major star power to Philadelphia when it rolls into town Monday. Along with the list of political heavyweights — think President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vermont Senator (and one-time rival) Bernie Sanders, and former President Bill Clinton — tossing their support behind Hillary Clinton, there is a serious number of Hollywood A-listers, including one noticeably recognizable Hunger Games actress. But will Elizabeth Banks attend the Democratic National Convention?
From Lena Dunham to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clinton will have a fair share of high-profile celebrities watching her formally accept her party's presidential nomination at Philadelphia's Comcast Spectacor’s Wells Fargo Center. As the Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland, Banks took a moment to momentarily focus on the Democratic Party's upcoming moment. The actress confirmed she'd be among those witnessing history at the Democratic National Convention in a Twitter post Thursday before live-tweeting her furious reaction to Donald Trump's acceptance speech. But the Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect actress is reportedly scheduled to do more than just watch Democrats take over Philadelphia.
According to a leaked document pertaining to the Democratic National Convention schedule, which was obtained by ABC News, Banks will reportedly join Star Trek's George Takei in a special appearance at a concert for the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions hosted by former House of Representatives member Gabby Giffords on Monday evening.
Gun control is an issue Banks has been involved with for quite some time. The actress was one of many celebrities to sign a letter publicly supporting President Obama's executive action against gun violence and calling for Congress to take action. She also appeared in Everytown for Gun Safety's Enough campaign.
It's no surprise, however, that Banks has penciled the Democratic National Convention into her calendar. Banks has been an enthusiastic supporter of Clinton since the very beginning of this year's election season. "I would like Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States," Banks told Larry King in a June 2015 interview, citing the Democratic politician's qualifications — and not her gender — as her reason for hoping to see Clinton move into the Oval Office. Since then Banks has been a vocal and impassioned advocate for the presumptive Democratic nominee, both on and off the campaign trail.
Joining Banks in Philadelphia will be Eva Longoria, Debra Messing, and America Ferrera to name only a few of the high-profile names confirmed to attend the Democratic National Convention.