President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE may or may not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner this year, but some of Hollywood’s most well-known fictional political pros are poised to be in town.

Richard Schiff, who played White House communications director Toby Ziegler on NBC’s “The West Wing,” and Reid Scott, who plays a former deputy communications director on HBO’s “Veep,” are some of the entertainers leading a lobbying push on Capitol Hill on the eve of the April 28 dinner.


The actors will join the Creative Coalition meeting with lawmakers as part of an annual advocacy day tied to "Nerd Prom," before attending a gala in Washington held by the nonprofit the night before the WHCA festivities.

“We’re bringing our group — what I call the 51st state of Hollywood representing all 50 states — for one reason: to ensure that arts funding survives in this country,” Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk told ITK on Tuesday.

The budget Trump proposed last month for the 2019 fiscal year sought to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

“It feels like at every turn, there is another urgent crisis facing our populace,” Bronk said. “It’s the Creative Coalition’s job to make sure that the arts thrives.”

In addition to Schiff — a vocal critic of Trump — and Scott, actress Alyssa Milano, “UnReal’s” Shiri Appleby, Sean Giambrone from “The Goldbergs,” “Victorious’s” Victoria Justice and Creative Coalition President Tim Daly, as well as some yet-to-be-announced performers, are expected to head to Washington.

In 2017, Hollywood stars abandoned the WHCA dinner en masse and parties held by news outlets were nixed as Trump broke with tradition and skipped last year’s soiree, which raises money for journalism scholarships. 

The White House said last month that Trump has not yet decided whether he’ll attend next month’s dinner at the Washington Hilton. A spokeswoman didn't respond to ITK's recent request for comment this week on whether Trump would be there.

“Being a part of the creative industry, we certainly can salute the press,” Bronk said. “It’s also a tribute to the First Amendment, which is the basis of creative freedom and the arts.”