Former Disney star joins White House at age 22

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 29, 2018
11:53 A.M.

A woman who was a former Disney actress has been appointed to the White House. Caroline Sunshine interned at the White House prior to her appointment.


Sunshine will be working as a new member of the White House press team. According to Newsweek, the star was appointed on March 27, 2018.

Sunshine, 22, is an actress that is best known for her role as Tinka Hessenheffer in the sitcom Shake it Up. She acted in the show from 2010 to 2013.

There she appeared alongside Zendaya and Bella Thorne where she played a teenaged backup dancer. Her actual acting breakthrough came in the 2010 movie Marmaduke.


In Marmaduke, she appeared alongside Owen Wilson and Emma Stone. In the announcement of her appointment, the White House described Sunshine as a devoted young Republican.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told CNN in a statement, “Prior to her internship at the White House, Caroline interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee, and the California Republican Party.”

“In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school's Model United Nations team.”

Lindsay Walters, Newsweek, March 28, 2018

President Donald Trump was a reality television star himself as the former host of The Apprentice. He had previously appointed television personalities to government roles.

Trump appointed White House National Economic Council Larry Kudlow who was a former CNBC host. He also hired Apprentice winner Omarosa Manigault-Newman.


She served as White House aide for little over a year. Another television star has also launched a political campaign for the Democrats.

Sex and the City actor Cynthia Nixon is challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primaries. After being described as an “unqualified lesbian” by a Cuomo aide, she hinted on Tuesday of her plans.

She stated that she planned to use the insult as a badge of honor for campaign merchandise.

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