Actress Stiles would ask Obama about Cuba


One of the most fearless and talented actresses in Hollywood, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominee Julia Stiles was last seen in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She appears currently in the independent feature “Between Us,” opposite Taye Diggs and directed by Dan Mirvish. 

“Between Us” is an adaptation of Joe Hortua’s off-Broadway play. Stiles will next take on the role of Sarah in “Aguas Rojas,” directed by Spanish filmmaker Lluís Quilez. Additionally, she will be seen in the Mary Pickford biopic, “The First.” Stiles recently finished shooting “Closed Circuit” — set for wide release this summer — about two defense lawyers who find their lives in jeopardy while assigned to a terrorism case. Stiles has also been exploring the world of digital media and content. She stars in the Wigs channel Web series, “Blue,” and the Web series “Paloma,” which the actress wrote and directed.  


Over the years, Stiles has made her mark on the big screen, starring in the “Bourne” trilogy, “Hamlet,” “O,” “The Omen,” “Mona Lisa Smile” and “Ten Things I Hate About You.” Additional film credits include “Save the Last Dance,” for which she was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards, and David Mamet’s “State and Main.” Stiles began her career on stage at La MaMa Theatre, and has since appeared in Shakespeare in the Park’s “Twelfth Night,” both the London and Broadway revival of David Mamet’s “Oleanna” and “Fran’s Bed.” Stiles also wrote and directed a short film, “Raving,” starring Zooey Deschanel, for Elle magazine’s film series. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and on the Sundance Channel.

She is a graduate of Columbia University. In 2011, Stiles received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series “Dexter” opposite Michael C. Hall.

ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama what would you discuss with him? 

JULIA STILES: I’d ask him about Cuba.

RB: If you could ask the president one question, what would that be?  

JS: Are you happy you took this job?

RB: What piece of advice would you give the president? 

JS: There is absolutely no reason I should be giving the president advice. Except maybe, “Keep Sasha and Malia off Facebook.”

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

JS: “WhoKill” by Tune-Yards. It’s political but also very enjoyable. 

RB: Would you ever consider a political career? 

JS: Absolutely not. Sounds like a frustrating nightmare.

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.