With the November 2016 election edging closer and the primary season in full swing, many celebrities have been voicing their opinions on politics. And though some stars’ political affiliations are as famous as they are, others are backing truly unexpected candidates. Here are 20 surprising celeb voter picks.
20. Kim Kardashian
Some may question whether Kim K. has the brains for politics, but the reality mega-star went against type to post her support for Hillary Clinton via – you guessed it – a selfie, featuring HRC and hubby Kanye West. “I really loved hearing her speak and hearing her goals for our country!” she gushed, before misspelling “president.”
19. Vince Vaughn
He’s starred in comedies as a wayward lothario, but in reality Vince Vaughn is quite conservative. In fact, the comedic actor caused a stir when, in an interview with British GQ, he revealed his support for gun ownership and distrust of big government. Vaughn seems to be straddling the Republican/Libertarian line.
18. Emily Ratajkowski
Actress, model and recent Kim K. bestie, Emily Ratajkowski is – like, Ms. Kardashian West – a Democrat. However, unlike her infamous BFF, she is “feeling the Bern” – and even gave an intro at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire. The head-turner also regularly tweets her enthusiastic support for the Vermont Senator.
17. Matt Damon
Though a staunch Democrat, Matt Damon has grown increasingly disillusioned with the party’s direction. Indeed, he’s criticized President Obama, telling Elle magazine he’d have preferred “a one term president with some balls.” It’s surprising, then, that Damon apparently donated to Hillary’s campaign rather than that of the more radical Sanders.
16. Danny DeVito
Jovial Italian-American funnyman Danny DeVito has emerged as a hardcore leftist this political season and has thrown his weight behind Bernie Sanders’ campaign. He’s also waded into overseas politics, unsurprisingly criticizing conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron and offering a glowing endorsement of leftist Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
15. Adam Sandler
Comic actor Adam Sandler has ruffled feathers in Hollywood with his conservative politics. He threw $2,100 at Rudy Giuliani’s doomed 2008 presidential bid and has condemned President Obama as well as critics of Israel. While it’s not widely known which candidate Sandler will back in November, it is likely that he’ll vote for the GOP nominee.
14. Carrie Underwood
Country music star Carrie Underwood is registered with the GOP, but the singer/actress has slammed other celebs for pushing their political beliefs on the public. “I lose all respect for celebrities when they back a candidate,” she said in 2008. Although a dedicated Christian, Underwood shockingly backs marriage equality.
13. George Clooney
George Clooney has long been politically active. A big Obama fundraiser, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis this year. Any suggestions that he might veer far left and back Sanders were dashed, though, by his letter to Mrs. Clinton’s supporters declaring that he was with her.
12. Britney Spears
Britney Spears’ infamous statement of unquestioning belief in then-President George W. Bush – which appeared prominently in Michael Moore’s political documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 – led to her being tagged a die-hard Republican. But, lately, she’s been gushing on Instagram about Hillary, so who knows, she may well vote Dem this time.
11. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has remained largely apolitical throughout her successful career – some cynics would say for commercial reasons – though she gave a performance at the 2008 RNC. Tay-Tay also expressed happiness at Obama’s 2008 election, however. And more recently she’s been vocal about LGBT rights and equal pay for women, suggesting that she may be Team Hillary.
10. Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has flirted with both parties. He’s attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama as well as Republican conventions. But after he hinted in 2008 that his excesses and prison time had made him switch sides, a British journalist recently pressed him on the issue, causing the actor to storm off… and “protest too much.”
9. Jennifer Aniston
Friends star Jennifer Aniston has been largely coy when it comes to her political affiliations and silent on many issues. That said, it was rumored that her apparently conservative inclinations contributed to her split with Brad Pitt over a decade ago, although she did hand over $2,300 to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
8. Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner has, in the past, described herself as more at the liberal end of the political spectrum. Yet despite this – and the momager’s progressive attitudes towards sex and nudity – she is apparently a Republican. Daughter Kim Kardashian confirmed this, explaining, “My household is really split up. The parents are Republicans and the children are Democrats.”
7. Tom Brady
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played down his locker room praise of Donald Trump. When asked whether Trump could win in November, he had quipped, “I hope so” and even had the gear to back that up: the infamous Donald hat. But should the businessman secure the nomination, it’s hard to imagine Brady voting against his golfing pal Trump.
6. Ronda Rousey
You might think UFC star Ronda Rousey would be fighting to put a strong woman president in the White House for the first time in history. Not so. In a veiled dig at Hillary’s corporate donations, Rousey told Maxim that she supported corporate outsider Bernie, saying, “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”
5. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford raised a few eyebrows in 2011 when she showed up in a fundraising demonstration vid for then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney. That’s because, four years earlier, the now 50-year-old supermodel had been seen in Obama-wear and had – along with husband Rande Gerber – donated to Barry O.’s 2008 campaign. Which way will she swing this time?
4. Robert De Niro
Prolific actor Robert De Niro has long backed Democratic Party candidates, but will the native New Yorker be “feeling the Bern” or “with her” in November? “Hopefully it will be her [Hillary Clinton],” he told The Daily Beast last year. “She has earned the right to be president and the head of the country at this point,” he added.
3. Will Ferrell
Anchorman star Will Ferrell faces the classic Hollywood dilemma: Hillary or Bernie? The funnyman initially backed Sanders, adding his signature on a letter endorsing him. But, he recently campaigned for Hillary in Nevada, raising questions about his commitment to the Vermont Senator. A vote for the Dems in November from Ferrell is probably a no-brainer, though.
2. Azealia Banks
Perhaps the most bizarre 2016 statement of political intent comes from controversial female rapper Azealia Banks. The Harlem native – who recently became embroiled in a public row with Sarah Palin – has said she’ll vote for the Donald. “I think Donald Trump is evil like America is evil and in order for America to keep up with itself it needs him,” she tweeted.
1. Caitlyn Jenner
You might believe being an LGBT icon would sway Caitlyn Jenner towards the socially liberal Democrats, but the Olympian-cum-reality-star is a fiscal conservative who supports GOP candidate Ted Cruz. Though Jenner has expressed concern over how Cruz’s strong Christian beliefs could impact trans issues, it seems like protecting her wealth is priority number one.