The Courier-Journal reports that some local politicians see the actress and activist as a solid choice to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell next election cycle. Rep. John Yarmuth, of Kentucky's 3rd district, is one such believer, claiming such a battle could become the "premiere race in the country."
"If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high-profile a race as [Massachusetts'] Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown," Yarmuth told the paper.
Kentucky native Judd, 44, who served as a Democratic National Convention delegate for Tennessee this year, hasn't yet weighed in on whether or not she would actually agree to run for the seat.
The Missing star has given some serious thought to becoming more politically active in general, however.
"I do receive a lot of encouragement to run," Judd told the audience at a panel discussion about women in politics (hosted by EMILY's List and Marie Claire) in September. "And my deepest desire is to be useful. I want to help serve my fellows. And I may be doing that to the best of my capacity . . . in the space I'm already operating in. Or it may be time to look at possibly running for office."