As is inevitable when the prevailing political parties gather one after the other, every move of the Democratic National Convention looks like a reaction to the GOP platform.
A speech by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro seems a calculated response to the roster of Latino speakers at the Republican National Convention. And to counter Clint Eastwood's unannounced soliloquy, Democrats have their own "mystery" Hollywood heavy-hitters in the Thursday night's lineup.
Beyond being successful and popular, and in addition to the obvious eye candy appeal, the trio of actresses would draw attention to two of the Democratic party's key demographics: Young voters and women.
Portman rallied for President Barack Obama at the Women Vote 2012 Summit in Las Vegas in late August, but according to The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern, a representative for the actress denied she'd be appearing at the convention. Washington has neither confirmed nor denied an appearance.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to accept the party's nomination on Thursday, bolstered by performances from the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor and Earth, Wind & Fire.