WHCD celebrities’ surprising Washington connections

Not every visiting VIP in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner was an out-of-the-blue transplant. Some actually have connections to Washington or politics. To wit:

Actor Sebastian Arcelus, who plays newspaper editor Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix series “House of Cards,”  was a volunteer on the 1996 Clinton/Gore presidential campaign. Arcelus told us this weekend that he was a political science major and loves politics.

Writer/actress Mindy Kaling is pals with Alyssa Mastromonaco, who until recently was a top White House aide. The two have tweeted at one another, with Kaling calling Mastromonaco a “baller.” We caught up with Kaling on Saturday and she described how the friendship came about: they met in New York a few years ago when Mastromonaco was travelling with the president. They connected on Instagram, she said. “And then I was like, ‘we need to be friends in real life!'”

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon got his first taste of politics as a campaign volunteer for Sen Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and later went on to work for Hillary Clinton, Bill Bradley and Howard Dean. Schumer said on Saturday that he saw Willimon for the first time since his volunteer days.


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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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