Actress wants to talk emergency preparedness

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Seen to many as a supermom, actress Elisabeth Röhm has successfully juggled career and motherhood over the past few years — she’s got a film project in the pipeline, a successful television show on Lifetime, a published book, a weekly celebrity mom blog on People.com that reaches more than a million readers and a 5-year-old daughter. 

Röhm can currently be seen on the Lifetime TV Show “The Client List.” Her previous television work includes roles on “Law & Order,” “One Life to Live,” the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off “Angel” and the TNT Wall Street drama series “Bull.” She is an author of the bestselling book Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected), which reveals her personal struggles with infertility and the challenges of IVF. 

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On the big screen, Elisabeth will be seen later this year in David O’Russell’s film “American Hustle.” Röhm attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and European history.

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?

ELISABETH RÖHM: I would definitely discuss the call to action for Southern California preparedness. I am actually an ambassador with the American Red Cross and our mission over the next three years is to prepare Californians for any imminent and critical damage that could take place. If Los Angeles were to become crippled there would be a butterfly effect, especially economically. L.A. is not only a port city, but also the hub of many industries and businesses. Preparing the inhabitants of Southern California will help to avoid an economic disaster nationally. It is a when, not if, situation. The more that people are made aware, the better off we will all be. I might even make sure he’s seen my PSA [on YouTube.com].

RB: If you could ask the president one question, what would that be?

ER: Has it been worth it? I see presidents like Bill Clinton receive so much traction after they leave office. Looking back at the first term and now onto the second, I wonder if he feels that he could achieve more out of office as opposed to in? In his position, he has to play neutral and often mediate. Looking forward, I’m excited to see how his service to our nation plays out.

RB: What piece of advice would you give the president during his second term in office?

ER: Keep keeping it real. Please don’t lose sight of the young man that wrote Dreams rom My Father.

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?

ER: I’d invite him over for dinner at my house so he could take a breather. I know that I feel the most grounded after a good meal at home with my family. I’d love to experience that with him.

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

ER: I would love for him to listen to some Krishna Das chants so he could de-stress and meditate ... perhaps do a little downward dog?

RB: Would you ever consider a political career? 

ER: My top priority is to be of service, so the answer is absolutely yes.

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.


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