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Oprah isn't the only celebrity who might have a future in politics

Posted January 8, 2018 10:53 a.m. EST

— Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night prompted wishful calls for the star to run for president -- and two of the TV icon's close friends told CNN that Winfrey is "actively thinking" about seeking the Oval Office in 2020.

Why not? President Donald Trump proved that a celebrity with no political experience could run for the highest office in the land and win.

Here's a look at some other celebrities who have recently floated runs for political office (some more seriously than others).

Actually running

Antonio Sabàto Jr., an actor and Trump supporter who rose to fame as a star on "General Hospital" in the '90s, is running as a Republican to unseat Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in California's 26th District race.

Sabàto has continued to embrace Trump throughout his 2018 campaign.

Stoking speculation

Mark Cuban, who became Trump's top critic from the reality TV and business world in 2016, said that although Trump might have poisoned the well for business leaders to run for office, it won't stop him from "considering" a 2020 run.

Cuban has hinted at a run in the past but appeared in a CNN interview in October to be seriously considering how he would handle his business holdings if he became a candidate.

Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner said in July that she is interested in the "the political side of activism" and "would look for a senatorial run."

"Can I do a better job from the outside? ... Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that," said Jenner, a lifelong Republican.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the wrestling star and actor, first teased a potential presidential run in 2016, but he renewed speculation in 2017 when he told GQ in May that running for president is "a real possibility."

He later told Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on "The Tonight Show" that while he's not ready yet to enter the ring, "three-and-a-half years is a long ways away."

Kanye West declared a 2020 presidential bid during his speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, and while fans were unsure whether West was joking (he has yet to clarify), that did not stop his speech from going viral and sparking calls for #Yeezy2020.

West, who met with then-President-elect Trump in December 2016, tweeted, "#2024," after the meeting, causing fans to speculate whether he's delaying a potential presidential run.

Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida star quarterback who is an devout Christian, told "Fox & Friends" in 2016 that he is intrigued by the idea of running for office if "there's a chance (he) could make a difference someday at something."

Out of the running

Kid Rock, a known conservative, spent more than three months teasing a Senate run, but in October he admitted that it was all a stunt.

"F--- no, I'm not running for Senate. Are you f---ing kidding me? Like, who f---ing couldn't figure that out?" he told Howard Stern in October.

Speculation started after he posted a photo on Instagram in July, showing a "Kid Rock for US Senate" yard sign. A website also sold Kid Rock for Senate merchandise. Rather than correct the reports, the rock 'n roll star said he decided to "roll with it."