I used to stand out­side the White House chant­ing and shout­ing when I was 17'

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - STATE OF AF­FAIRS THURS­DAY, 9PM, SEVEN With Tif­fany Dunk

“I’VE spent three decades of my life in pol­i­tics, so I jumped at the chance to do State Of Af­fairs. I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics, I was raised that way.

When we were grow­ing up my par­ents would go door-to-door in the neigh­bour­hood to make sure peo­ple were reg­is­tered to vote.

You’d ask them ques­tions; make sure they’d get to the polls. I started do­ing that with my par­ents when I was 10.

I grew up in a very par­tic­u­lar time of man in the States. When I was a young teenager, the civil rights move­ment was in full swing. Women’s rights were start­ing to kick off and the gay move­ment hap­pened af­ter that. It was an ex­act point of time in Amer­i­can life when the sta­tus quo wouldn’t hold any­more. Peo­ple were very ac­tive and (pol­i­tics) was a part of life.

I laugh be­cause it’s true, but I used to stand out­side the White House chant­ing and shout­ing when I was 17. Then, af­ter be­ing in col­lege, I pro­gressed to go­ing in­side the cham­bers to try to lobby peo­ple to change their minds.

I learnt to work on pol­icy. I found those peo­ple that I could be­lieve in and wanted to work on their is­sues and cam­paigns. I’ve worked on po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns for the past 25 years and now I’m closely aligned with this pres­i­dent (Obama).

We do a lot of things, cul­tural am­bas­sador­ships with film and other things plus I spend a lot of time in fail­ing schools around the coun­try in­te­grat­ing arts into the cur­ricu­lum.

I would do all of this even if I wasn’t an ac­tor. If I was bak­ing bread for a living, I would fig­ure out a way that my prod­uct could some­how be put into ser­vice.

I’ve raised my two chil­dren (Mavis, 23, and Dun­can, 21) to have a very strong sense of the world and re­spon­si­bil­ity so they have a full and rounded life.

My daugh­ter is a pro­fes­sional eques­trian and when she wanted to take a gap year I told her, ‘Well for at least two months in that year I want you to work some­where in the world but it can’t be with an­i­mals or horses, it has to be with hu­mans’.

She spun on me and said, ‘I’m not like you Mom. I care about peo­ple in the world but I don’t want to hug them all’.

It made me laugh but it made me feel good that my daugh­ter is not a bratty teenager, she’s a beau­ti­ful, very strong­willed girl. I love that my kids have been ex­posed to this life but they are who they are and who they have to be.”

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