Actor would ask Obama if ‘the truth is out there’


Actor Diego Klattenhoff plays series regular Maj. Col. Mike Faber on Showtime’s Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning “Homeland.” In addition to that, Klattenhoff’s television credits include featured roles in many successful series, including “Men in Trees, ” “ER,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

Klattenhoff had his big break in Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls,” with his other movie credits including “Lucky Number Slevin,” “Cube Zero” and “The Dry Land.” Klattenhoff will next be seen in the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo del Toro and due out in theaters this July. 

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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?

DIEGO KLATTENHOFF: Depending on whether I knew I could get a 100 percent truth, I couldn’t help but get into a good discussion on conspiracy theories — not to get all “X-Files” with it, but the truth is out there! I’d like to see what he thinks and what he knows, now that he’s the leader of the free world, on a variety of topics. I also would have to get more than five minutes once I started breaking him down on all these secrets.

RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?

DK: It’s really a two part-er: Why so much compromise? What are you doing to protect your daughters’ futures by not doing everything in your power to protect the environment?

RB: If you were going to send the president to one of your favorite places in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?

DK: My favorite place in the U.S. is Manhattan/NYC. I know that the president has been there and has a few more “hookups” than myself, but you just can’t beat the place. After that, I’d have to send him on down to Marfa, Texas. It’s a great town with very interesting people, good food and lots of art. It is where culture meets country. Also, I’d send him over to the Lost Horse Saloon to see Ty Mitchell for a good chat and a cold beer.

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

DK: I’d really love to talk to him about music. I’d have to see what he was into and why, but off the top of my head, it’d either be the Allman Brothers Band’s “Live at the Fillmore East” or else Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” — two great albums to listen to while traveling across this country. 

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

DK: Not a chance.

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.