If you feel like Hollywood hasn’t been urging you to vote as passionately as they did during the 2008 and 2012 elections, you’re not alone. Fact is, voter apathy is at an all-time high, with many celebs like Diddy, Nick Cannon and Bow Wow publicly stating that they are not voting at all this November because they have either lost trust in the system or they do not believe Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump are worthy candidates.
HipHollywood caught up with a host of celebs, from Alicia Keys to Garcelle Beauvais to Pooch Hall, to get their thoughts on this controversial election, and why they believe it’s important to still urge people to vote.
“The vote or die, or rock the vote movement, it’s not as strong as when Obama was running,” said Stephen Bishop, who admitted that part of the problem is a lot of celebrities were huge Bernie Sanders supporters and still haven’t gotten over him losing the Democratic nomination. “But [voting] is every bit as important, or even more important this time because the alternative is frightening.”
“With Hillary being a polarizing figure in this election a lot of people are like well I’m just going to stay silent, and that’s not going to help us at all in this election if a whole group of people stay silent, ” said Trica Helfer from Fox’s Lucifer.
Garcelle Beauvais, who is a surrogate for Hillary Clinton, said she believes Hollywood has to speak out and encourage people to vote, no matter who they choose. “Everyone has to do their part and get the word out … It doesn’t matter who you vote for, you just have to exercise that right, because it’s a right that you’ve been given and that’s important.”
“You also have to educate yourself about some of the issues that they are talking about,” added Pooch Hall. “Some of them are so in your face there’s no denying it, so we definitely have to educate ourselves so we know what’s being talked about.”
Alicia Keys, who too is a Hillary supporter, told us she believes so strongly about this election that she’s even making sure her staff is registered to vote. “My staff, I told them, ‘If you’re not registered to vote, you don’t work for me anymore.’ Like, it’s that serious,” said Keys.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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