‘West Wing’ star Janney visits White House press room


'West Wing' star Janney visits White House press room

Washington (AFP) – For years, Allison Janney played White House press secretary CJ Cregg on the hit series “The West Wing” — a role for which she won four Emmys. On Friday, the actress got a taste of the real press room at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Janney, who now stars on the comedy “Mom,” surprised the White House press corps at the start of the daily briefing by taking the podium in place of President Barack Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest.

“Let’s be honest. I’m better at this than he is anyway. Right? Just between us,” she said with a broad smile, before explaining why she was in town — to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse and heroin use in the United States.

“Mom” addresses the issue of people in recovery from addiction.

“The West Wing,” created by Aaron Sorkin, ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006. The award-winning show followed the fictional presidency of Jed Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen.

US actress Allison Janney, who played the role of press secretary CJ Cregg on the television drama “The West Wing”, at the podium in the White House briefing room on April 29, 2016
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