Alec Baldwin tells Harvard Law School he regrets not getting law degree
Alec Baldwin addressed Harvard Law School's graduating class on Wednesday and told students that he should have pursued a law degree instead of becoming an actor.
The "30 Rock" actor revealed that he had political aspirations from the age of 10 but abandoned law school plans as his acting career progressed.
"I wanted to be President of the United States, so I needed to get my hands on a law degree," Baldwin told the 2011 graduating class, The Harvard Crimson reports. "Nearly every day since then, I wondered what would [have happened] if I had the patience, skill, or good fortune."
Baldwin has talked about his political aspirations previously and in January, he told former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on his CNN show that a career in politics is "something I'm very, very interested in."
"This feeling has engulfed me," Baldwin continued, Harvard Law School's website reports. "It touches me every time that I visit Harvard and I am in the company of its law school students and faculty. My attachment to my work is deep and strong, perhaps more so than ever, but if I had it to do all over again, I would choose differently. I would trade places with you."
Baldwin graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmys, five SAG Awards and the Television Critics Award for his role as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock."
"My passion for politics, for public policy, for patriotism and service to my country occupy another chamber in my heart, but I am limited by the preconceptions of my business. You are not. There is truly no limit to what each of you can do in order to change the quality of peoples' lives; manage our economy so as to balance the often-contrary forces of capitalism and democracy; to unburden, even to liberate, your countrymen in a myriad of ways... leave here and save this country, because this country needs your help."
The 53-year-old actor has appeared in over 50 films in his career, including "Beetlejuice," "The Departed" and "It's Complicated."
Fellow NBC star Amy Poehler also spoke to students graduating from Harvard University on Wednesday. The "Parks and Recreation" actress urged students to put down their iPhones and live their lives.