Hillary Clinton got a little help from her superstar Hollywood friends on Friday, just days before California’s primary on Tuesday.
Banks delivered one of the best lines of the event, telling the crowd that Donald Trump “ran a university. It no longer exists. He had a TV show. It no longer exists. He had hair …” she said to laughs.
On her part, Clinton said that she heard half of the directors at the L.A. Film Festival this year are women. “We are moving towards answering the age-old question: ‘Are Americans ready for a women director?'” she said to laughs from the audience. “We are going to break down the celluloid ceiling,” she said.
During her concession speech to then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton famously said, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”
Ahead of Clinton’s arrival, two-time Oscar winner Sally Field defended the presidential candidate against criticism that she’s not “likable.”
“What is this, a high school popularity contest?” Field asked. “Women have spent the past 100 years trying to get out from under the expectation that they had to be ‘sugar and spice and everything nice,'” she added.
Steenburgen, a longtime Clinton confidant, said there’s a double standard in politics, arguing that men don’t face the same criticism as women. With women, she said, candidates can be called “calculated.”
The event followed a withering speech against Trump in San Diego on Thursday. Clinton said she was taken aback by Trump’s extreme views while putting together her speech. “By the end of working on that speech, even I was saying, ‘Did he really say all of this?'”
Hollywood has been one of Clinton’s strongholds during the 2016 presidential cycle. Clinton has raised nearly $3 million from the entertainment industry (not including Super PAC donations that total about $9 million more) according to OpenSecrets.org, while the Sanders, the second most from the industry, raised about $1.2 million.
You can watch Clinton’s entire speech here.