South Carolina native and “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks lent her star power to several elections in her home state, including to state Rep. James Smith in the governor’s race.
“They say you can take the girl out the country but not the country out the girl, so hey, y’all!” Brooks said in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday by the Greenville Democrats and The Hometown Project, which encourages cultural leaders to endorse local candidates in their hometowns.
After introducing herself, Brooks tells viewers she grew up in Greenville.
“This community is a big part of me and I take it wherever I go,” she said. “So much that I am voting absentee to stay a part of South Carolina.”
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Brooks urged people to cast votes for candidates in several Greenville-area races and for Smith, the Democratic candidate for governor.
“This race can definitely be decided by a few hundred votes, so your voice matters. Your vote matters,” she said of the governor’s race. “And you can learn more about these candidates.”
Brooks, who is a graduate of the Juilliard School, attended the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. She returned to the school last year to talk to students about her experiences in pursuing a career as an actress.
The upcoming seventh season of “Orange is the New Black” will be the show’s last, Netflix announced earlier this month.