"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," Judd said in a statement to Us Weekly.
Judd's name has bubbled up in speculation over the 2014 elections, with Kentucky Democratic Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthCongress to clear path for Mattis Pelosi lays out several Dem leadership nominations Dem lawmakers: Clinton should have disclosed illness sooner MORE saying that her challenge to the long-serving McConnell "would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats: Where the hell are You? Dodd-Frank ripe for reform, not repeal Senate Dems offer bill to curb tax break for Trump nominees MORE and Scott Brown."
Judd has been active in Democratic politics, so her candidacy is not a complete impossibility. She was a delegate at the Democratic National Committee and also taped campaign ads for President Obama.
Though he could see a challenge from Judd in the future, McConnell's still a fan of her work.
"Senator McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd's movies and appreciate her energy, particularly when it comes to getting young people engaged in the political process," the senator's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, told Us Weekly.