Actress would talk to Obama about evolving security

Actress would talk to Obama about evolving security


Tiffani Thiessen stars as Elizabeth Burke in the USA Network original series “White Collar,” which premieres its fifth season on Oct. 17. Thiessen has played a variety of film and television roles, including Valerie Malone in “Beverly Hills 90210” and Sharon Bates in Woody Allen’s 2002 comedy “Hollywood Ending.” She’s also had roles on TV’s “Good Morning Miami,” “Fastlane” and “Blossom.” She began modeling at the age of 8, according to a July press release from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and soon went on to star in the television series “Saved By the Bell” and made her feature film debut in 1993 in “Son In Law.” 

Other film roles include the “Ladies Man,” “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth” and “Love Stinks.” Thiessen has her own production company called Tit 4 Tat Productions and splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, with her husband, actor Brady Smith, and daughter.

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?


Tiffani Thiessen: In this virtual age, how has the concept of security (nationally, financially, personally, etc.) changed the role of the presidency compared to 25 years ago? Are you comfortable in accepting the evolving nuances of security compared to former presidents?

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

TT: You will forever be remembered through history for being the first African-American president elected in the United States. But, regarding your policies, accomplishments and agenda, what would you most like for people to recall or remember about you when they reflect on your terms in office?

RB: What piece of advice would you give Obama?

TT: Use the second term as your exclamation point as a public servant and as leader of our nation. Never rest on the laurels, the accomplishments or the historical significance of your first term. Use this term to advance the change you’ve envisioned and championed.

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?

TT: I would love to invite him to join the Smith family on one of the many RV trips seeing our great states.

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

TT: Anything instrumental, as I’m sure there are days when the only thing you want to hear are melodies rather than words. 

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

TT: Even though actors are very public figures, I’m not sure that I would consider a career in public office. As individuals, I think our first obligation is to be good citizens. My civic and humane responsibilities as a member of this country and this global society are more important to me more than ever pursuing a political career or holding an office.

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.