Jodie Foster directs Bloomberg-backed election ad full of famous Democratic women stars

A PAC backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has produced an election ad packed with female performers meant to stoke turnout for Democrats and exploit a gender gap.

The ad was directed by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, and kicks off with actress Téa Leoni asking: ‘If somebody asked you: what do you care about? What would you say?’

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It then features a parade of female stars who highlight issues like pre-existing conditions that are central to Democratic campaign efforts geared to Tuesday’s elections.  

‘Women’s voices are being listened to in a way that they haven’t been before. And it’s not just women candidates. It’s women voters and women activists,’ says Foster, whose Oscar-winning performances included ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘The Accused.’

It also features cameos from Cher, Lily Tomlin, Olivia Munn, and Julianne Moore, and features the familiar concept of having multiple people read a single line before cutting to another reader.

Cher is among the stars appearing

Cher is among the stars appearing

Cher is among the stars appearing

Jodi Foster directed the ad

Jodi Foster directed the ad

Jodi Foster directed the ad

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Olivia Munn and Laverne Cox appeal for people to vote

Deaf actress Marlie Matlin gives the sign for ‘vote.’ 

It also features Constance Wu from ‘Crazy Rich Asians, Ellen Pompeo from Grey’s Anatomy.

Also participating are Sophia Bush of One Tree Hill, Minnie Driver, Zoe Kravitz, Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, Minka Kelly from Friday Night Lights.’

The ad, funded by the former mayor and potential presidential candidate’s PAC, Independence USA, seeks to exploit a gender gap that could propel a Democratic takeover of the House.

Democrats have been running up poll advantages among women in suburban districts where many of the key House races are being decided. 

Among the issues they have been stressing are preexisting conditions and ending the Trump administration’s family separation policy. 

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