Beth Behrs wants Obama to support the arts


Actress Beth Behrs stars in the hit CBS sitcom, “2 Broke Girls.” Born in Lancaster, Pa., and raised in Lynchburg, Va., Behrs is a classically trained singer who studied at the American Conservatory Theater and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where she was awarded a Young Musician’s Foundation Vocal Scholarship after graduating. Behrs began working in television with guest appearances and, while working as a nanny, landed the role of Caroline Channing in “2 Broke Girls.” 

She will voice sorority girl Carrie Williams in the Pixar animated film due out this summer, “Monsters University,” a prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” Beth is one of the Young Hollywood Leaders in The Creative Coalition and a strong advocate for public funding for the arts and education.

ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?

BETH BEHRS:  First thing I’d do would be to try and make him giggle. Then for the rest of my life I’d be able to say, “I made the president of the United States giggle.” Then I would ask him to take a moment to listen to the ways the arts have affected and informed my life, and by doing so, encourage him to increase spending in his budget for arts programs. Also, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the commercial sexual exploitation of children is the world’s fastest growing form of organized crime. If it is not slowed over the next decade, worldwide child prostitution will be more profitable than the sale of illegal drugs. I’d ask Mr. President to increase awareness and ways to combat this growing problem as well. 

RB: What piece of advice would you give the president? 

BB:  It’s the final term … no need to worry about reelection … so fight for issues that are close to his heart and that he truly believes in. 

RB: If you were going to send president Obama to one of your favorite places in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?

BB: Van Nuys, Calif. Children of the Night, a home for child trafficking victims. The kids have acting/arts workshops every night. I’d like for him to attend one night to see how amazing that program is. 

RB: What CD/piece of music would you recommend that the president add to his collection? Why? 

BB:  My character Caroline from “2 Broke Girls” singing “Birthday Song” with 2 Chainz. I think his kids would think it’s silly, and he could earn some cool points with them knowing 2 Chainz.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career? 

BB:  If it meant being able to change legislation on issues I’m passionate about, then absolutely.

Robin Bronk is CEO of The Creative Coalition — the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Bronk is a frequent speaker on the role of the entertainment industry in public advocacy campaigns and represents The Creative Coalition and its legislative agenda before members of Congress and the White House. She produced the feature film “Poliwood,” airing on Showtime, and edited the recently published book Art & Soul. Bronk pens this weekly column with assistance from Risa Kotek.