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Allison Janney, Former Star of "The West Wing," Greets White House Reporters

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    Actress Allison Janney, right, joined by White House press secretary Josh Earnest, makes a surprised visit to the the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, April 29, 2016. Janney came to the briefing to talk about and bring attention to opioid addiction.

    Allison Janney played a White House press secretary on "The West Wing." She got a chance to do the real thing on Friday.

    Janney won four Emmy Awards playing C.J. Cregg and now stars on "Mom," for which she also won an Emmy. 

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    She took the podium normally reserved for spokesman Josh Earnest and told reporters she hoped to bring attention to the nation's opioid epidemic. 

    Janney says addiction is a disease that can touch anybody. She noted the White House would be recognizing 10 people from across the country for their work to prevent prescription drug abuse. 

    A reporter asked Janney who President Bartlet from her old show would be supporting for the Democratic nomination: "I think you know the answer to that," Janney responded.