As far as Hollywood guys go, Alec Baldwin has consistently done a lot at once. Whether it’s playing another iconic role, wearing a producer’s hat, or something else entirely, Baldwin is a man of many talents. Despite this, he was often aware of the stormy nature of his work. After all, even big stars have their self-doubts. Even in the glory of his success with 30 Rock, Baldwin told The New Yorker in 2008 about his career woes.
“I always think what if you just took your hand off the wheel and slowly, over time, everything would disappear and your life would revolve around, ‘Is the mail here yet?’ I always think of that,” he told the outlet at the time. He went on to posit that at some point in his life as an artist he might see himself as a restaurant critic or hotelier in upstate New York.
It’s no surprise that Baldwin has been considering life outside of Hollywood. After all, becoming a star on screen wasn’t always his goal. Believe it or not, Baldwin was destined for a very different life when he was growing up. You may (or may not) be surprised to learn what Baldwin was up to in college.
Baldwin could have become a politician
After four years of Alec Baldwin’s comedic rendition of former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, it’s not so surprising that Baldwin once had his eye on politics. In fact, a young Baldwin studied political science at George Washington University for two years before entering NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. (Baldwin never completed Tisch, despite receiving an honorary degree nearly 15 years after dropping out). Baldwin told The Washington Post in 2010 that many of his GW friends never left DC
“GW itself was much more picturesque than it is today,” Baldwin told the newspaper of his former college home. “It was a commuter school with very few facilities. People went there for two years because they couldn’t get into the Ivy League school, which was their first choice. Then you switched to the school you really wanted to go to. It had very worthy programs, but it was just a shadow of what it was meant to be, and now it’s a very powerful school.”
Even decades after leaving his days as a political scientist, Baldwin never lost his political ambitions. In the decades since, there have been several occasions when he has been considered to lead campaigns. He even considered running for mayor of New York. If Baldwin never decides to officially enter politics, at least we can look back on his comedic portrayals of Trump.
Politics didn’t help Baldwin’s career
Despite his political flair, Alec Baldwin can’t help but get into controversy over politics (social or otherwise). In fact, Baldwin is arguably one of the most controversial actors of late, which seems to cheer him on. Regardless of public outcry or opinion, he constantly makes decisions that cement his controversial role. His interview with controversial personality Woody Allen earlier this summer is a prime example.
In his interview announcement on Instagram, Baldwin told Allen that he loved him. Additionally, Baldwin captioned his video to let followers know he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about that interview decision (although he eventually disabled comments on this post). “Let me preface this by stating that I have NO INTEREST in the judgments and hypocritical posts of anyone here,” Baldwin wrote. “I’m OBVIOUSLY someone who has my own beliefs and couldn’t care less about the speculations of others.”
The Hollywood Reporter calls Baldwin’s politics complicated, and they’re right. Baldwin’s constant foray into controversy has complicated him. Knowing that he studied politics in his junior years honestly makes some of those controversial decisions even more of a mystery.