By Judy Kurtz
Maggie Gyllenhaal said she “didn’t realize how patriotic” she was until she took a mini tour around Capitol Hill during this latest trip to D.C. When we asked the Academy Award nominee — who takes on the role of a Secret Service agent in the movie — if there was any lawmaker she’d like to connect with while in Washington, Gyllenhaal paused. After checking with an aide that she had her name right, the actress replied, “[Sen.] Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMusic streamer Spotify joins Gillibrand’s push for paid family leave Gillibrand proposes sexual assault reforms for Merchant Marine Academy Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs MORE. I don’t know that that’s possible, but I’d like to meet her.” When pressed on why she selected the New York Democrat, she said, “Her politics.”
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told ITK, “I’m here to make sure this never happens actually,” before letting out a big laugh. She later added, “I saw the title ‘White House Down’ and I went, ‘Oh no, no no — can’t be!’ ”
So does Napolitano consider herself a big Tatum fan?
“Absolutely, yes. Absolutely!” she affirmed.
Asked by ITK whether she had seen the Hollywood hunk’s other hit films, including 2012’s “Magic Mike” — loosely based on Tatum’s experiences as a male dancer — Napolitano replied, “I will now!”
“White House Down” hits theaters Friday.
Photos: Courtesy of Sony Pictures/Kris Connor