Ashley Judd Talks About a Possible Run for Political Office

The actress, who is a delegate at the DNC, says she may run for office in the future.

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Actress Ashley Judd appears on the NBC "Today" television program, in New York, Monday, June 2, 2008. Judd, who is a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, is scheduled to speak at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Actress Ashley Judd is representing Tennessee as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, but the actress admits she'd like to see her name on a ballot.

 "I do receive a lot of encouragement to run," Judd said during a panel for Emily's List, a PAC that raises money for pro-choice female candidates. "My deepest desire is to be useful, I want to help serve... It may be time to look at possible running for office."

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Judd gave the audience a preview of what kind of outspoken leader she would be when the panel started talking about about Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comment about rape. Judd, who works with victims of sexual assault as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, gave Akin a bras d'honneur, an obscene gesture meaning "Up Yours."

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who also sat on the panel and is encouraging Judd to get into the race, quickly chimed in and offered Judd some political advice.

"That is where you say 'I sincerely disagree,' " Gillibrand joked.

Judd has been very vocal in recent months about what she percieves to be as slights against women. In April, she wrote an article on The Daily Beast that chided a number of media outlets for saying she had a "puffy face" in a widely-circulated photograph, calling the conversation an "assault on [women's] body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality."

Judd admits she is picking the minds of the female leaders she admires. Backstage, she says she asked Gillibrand how she balances family and the commute back and forth to Washington.

"I have strong female-to-female alliances and I listen to you, and you make it normal," Judd told Gillibrand.

The actress has also reached out to one of her biggest mentors, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

"How she defines 'having it all' for herself and her wonderful children is 'She did, but just not all at once.' " Judd says.

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