In case you haven’t heard, today is election day. In celebration of the federal holiday, comedian Amy Sedaris unearthed a 1988 PSA starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker discusses the vote with Baywatch graduate Alexandra Paul, but the audience doesn’t know it right away. The ad begins with big hair and kitschy 80’s music, with the actresses leafing through a magazine together.
“I don’t think I’m ready yet,” Parker sighs. Paul reminds Parker that she is old enough and leaves the audience with their eyebrows raised.
Nevertheless, Parker says in hushed tones that she “has never done it before”. Paul’s facial expression becomes softer. She smiles and reminds Parker that it “will really make a difference” and that it “feels great”.
Of course she talks about voting for the first time.
An excited Parker squeals, and the music of the 80s intensifies as the girls approach a polling station together. Parker smiles into the camera before she pulls the curtain on her voting booth.
“Vote because it’s cool to care,” says Parker in the voiceover at the end of the Young Artists United clip.
This election day PSA was not the last in which the Sex and the City graduate appeared.
In 1992, she and her former boyfriend Robert Downey Jr. appeared in a Rock the Vote commercial that seemed to reflect the “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil” mood. “Now it’s your turn to speak. Your voice, is your voice,” Parker said at the end of the video.
Parker also recently met again with her hocus-pocus costars for a PSA to vote for the non-party organization I am a Voter. Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy talk about their election plan in Tuesday’s video, stressing that young voters must participate this time.
“So many young people felt disenfranchised in the last election, for whatever reason. I sincerely hope that those who sat outside will decide that even if a candidate can’t get them to the exact place where they want to go,” she says in the PSA, adding, “the opportunity to get so much closer to the place where they know this country [is]supposed to be.
Parker was politically active in the social media and spoke about her support for the Democratic Party. She recently hosted former Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew in the respective Instagram Live segments.
On Monday night, Parker announced that she would vote “proudly” for former Vice President Joe Biden and his candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, through Instagram.