'White House Down' actor: 'Polarizing' politics is not for me

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 Gillibrand. 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.”

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While there was no Gillibrand in sight, a who’s who of current and former White House officials were on hand to catch all the cinematic action, including Bill Clinton’s former White House chiefs of staff Mack McLarty and John Podesta, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry and Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.

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