Written by By Shaun White, CNN
Shaun White is the first and only American to win the illustrious “gold” of an Olympic gold medal in all five Olympic sports (alpine skiing, halfpipe, slopestyle, superpipe and snowboard cross). He’s known for his bikinis, his love of candy and his passion for film.
Once a year, White hosts his summer bash, Shaun White’s Bash. CNN recently caught up with the snowboarder, who revealed that “Hollywood Nights,” the movie where he appeared as himself, has sold more than 100,000 copies.
Turning his attention to film, White just wrapped filming “Gringo,” a political action comedy film with Charlize Theron.
“Gringo” is set in a fictitious border town with the United States and Mexico, and gives viewers a unique insight into the unintended consequences of Brexit, refugee policies and the loyalties of the legal immigrant population.
“I have really loved any opportunity I have had to work with Charlize in any capacity because, you know, we just really click on all levels,” White said.
CNN: What inspired you to create this political action comedy?
Shaun White: I had a movie out with Charlize about a year and a half ago, called “Hollywood Nights,” that we made when I was 16.
The story was such a great opportunity to make a political movie. I grew up loving Charlize’s work, so it was just a great excuse to have her co-star with me. We just had a blast making the movie, and then we reupped when we were able to make this movie with her. We’re working on an entire trilogy now.
CNN: How would you feel if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned?
White: We’ll still have a Supreme Court that respects women’s rights in the same way that they did before, for me. I don’t think we should take anything for granted, especially around that time of year when it’s getting cold, and people aren’t outside.
The most important thing is to make a change. We can’t keep forgetting about the people who really made us who we are.
CNN: What have been the worst responses you’ve received to your political stances and future political aspirations?
White: The worst response I got so far was from my sponsors. I had a partnership with Burton that I was really excited to have for a long time and I got to the point where I had friends that I could go talk to and ask them to put me out there and they said, “We’ve got to be more conservative.”
I just said, “You know what? We’re going to be moving on. We’re no longer going to be partners with Burton at some point in the future.”
CNN: How important is your US citizenship to you?
White: My proudest moment as an American was when I had my green card in my hand, and I walked down that red carpet as an American, wearing the red, white and blue. That’s pretty special.
In sports, being American is really important to me. Having people support me — my success and other people’s success — I think is why I got to where I did, with a special deal in Vonn to co-host the Vancouver Olympics.
As the face of the Americans, I felt like I did a good job of representing. I don’t feel like it’s a separation of two different countries. I think you can talk about one when you’re talking about my family and my friends and my so many people that are here in my country.
I think our government does represent everything I stand for. In terms of law, in terms of equality, in terms of working and being responsible. In terms of sports, the game doesn’t change. What it’s about is the ability to apply your skills, and that’s what we go into every day and do.
CNN: What’s next for you?
White: It’s such a great time in our industry. There’s so many new opportunities for young kids right now, whether it’s androgynous figure skaters, or skateboarders, or kids who just want to be actors in the sports arena.
But at the same time, I want to be really frugal and have fun with my life. Right now, I’m on the right side of 30, so I’m looking forward to that.