Survival tips at Creative Coalition's party

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“Comfortable shoes,” said Leslie David Baker of “The Office.” Baker didn’t yet know his pick for president in 2016. “I’ll have to see who’s running. That’s a diplomatic situation,” said Baker.

“I think, just, balance,” said Sharon Stone, a veteran of the WHCA dinner weekend. “I think it’s always the person you’re talking to. You have to see if the person is present. And sincere,” said Stone, when asked what she felt about differences between actors and politicians.

Sharon Stone at The Creative Coalition and Lanmark Technology Inc. Celebrate Arts in America Dinner.

Sharon Stone at The Creative Coalition and Lanmark Technology Inc. Celebrate Arts in America Dinner. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Landmark Technology Inc.)

“Just accept the fact that everybody else is going to be better-looking than you are, and be at peace with it,” said Paul Strauss, D.C.’s shadow senator. According to Strauss, actors were more fun to schmooze with, but politicians are better at schmoozing.

“Oh my God. I don’t have a pick yet. No decision. It’s a no-decision as of yet,” said Giancarlo Esposito of “Breaking Bad.”

Patricia Arquette has what she calls a “top drawer” of candidates who would get her vote in 2016. “But let’s see how it plays out between now and then.” Arquette’s tip for surviving WHCA dinner weekend was close to home. “My secret weapon is that my daughter is with me. So it’s all good,” said Arquette.

“I don’t think there’s that much difference,” said Kevin McHale, the actor who plays Artie in “Glee,” when asked what he felt about schmoozing with politicians for a weekend compared to actors. McHale had spent the day lobbying for arts education with the Creative Coalition. McHale said he enjoyed talking to a lot of the lawmakers. “Though I can’t remember any of their names, of course,” said McHale.

Tracy Morgan, who was occasionally on the phone with his pregnant wife, was a bit distracted on the red carpet. Morgan said he would host the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner if given the opportunity. His aspirations for his stand-up routine were pretty optimistic. "I could work out on stage and people would pay to see it," said Morgan.

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