Janine Turner: Being a Conservative in Hollywood Can Jeopardize Career

By Edwin Mora | April 26, 2010 | 6:47 PM EDT

Actress Janine Turner, founder of Constituting America. (Photo courtesy of www.janineturner.com)

(CNSNews.com) - Actress Janine Turner said it is “hard for conservatives in Hollywood because they’re afraid to step out,” for it can affect their career in a place where the political and social environment is “very left.”
At a press conference in Washington, D.C., to announce her new organization, Constituting America, CNSNews.com asked Turner if she would “elaborate a little bit more on the environment in Hollywood for conservative actors and actresses such as yourself.” 
Turner said: “Well, I think it’s hard for conservatives in Hollywood because they’re afraid to step out. Because when they do, there could be repercussions where they don’t have work, and that can mean – I think there are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood, whether they’re actors or producers or directors or crew members – but there’s not sort of en masse stepping out, and so everyone, no one is really willing to take the first step.”
“And I don’t blame them,” she said. “I mean, it’s affected my career too. And I think it’s hard, when you, when you step out as a conservative, it’s just such a – the environment is very left, very, very different to our type of environment.”

Turner, who is known for her roles on the popular 1990s show, “Northern Exposure,” and the movie “Cliffhanger,” spoke with CNSNews.com at an April 19 press conference sponsored by the Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative organization.
Turner was there to discuss the new group “Constituting America,” whose “mission is to reach, educate and inform America's youth and her citizens about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.”

Regarding the political/social environment in Hollywood, Turner said, “I want to do a billboard in Hollywood that just says, ‘I’m a Hollywood conservative and I’m proud of it.’”
“I’m just so tired of all these people in Hollywood who secretly meet and won’t take a stand,” she said.
She added that at one point she thought she had lost her role in “Friday Night Lights” because she had come out of the closet as a conservative.