In a phone interview, Bassett described the coincidence as a case of “life imitating art."
"I think it’s just amazing," she said. "We made this movie over a year ago. We just thought we were getting some things right.”
Several members of the cast, including Bassett, came to screen the film on March 12 at the AMC Loews Georgetown in Washington. When asked whether the movie might have inspired Obama to choose Pierson, Bassett replied, “I don’t know if he’s seen it.”
Asked how she worked on creating a character when no role model existed for a female Secret Service agent, the actress replied: “In 2013 we know it’s not out of the realm of possibility that [it could happen]. Women are skillful, committed and possess the spirit of integrity and excellence. It’s those attributes you focus on, rather than the fact that this position has only been held by a man.”