Stacey Dash may have hit it big playing a ditzy high school student in Clueless, but when it comes to her new job as a Fox News contributor, the actress and outspoken Republican is very serious about her new role.
“It’s a huge challenge for me, but it’s one that I am enjoying,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’ve become fascinated by politics and policies.” Before publicly Tweeting her support for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, Dash says her decision to switch parties came with much thought.
“I had been thinking about it for the four years after I voted for Obama,” she says. “I really started paying attention to politics and how it directly relates to my everyday life. I realized that I wasn’t happy with what was going on so in 2012 I wanted it to go in a different direction. I realized that I am a Republican. First of all I am a capitalist, but second of all I am a Republican.”
While her decision to endorse Mitt Romney and the Republican party came with some criticism, Dash says it doesn’t affect her.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and what makes me happy is that I am getting conversation started and starting a dialogue. I am making people start to think about politics and what it means and I think that’s important. If that’s what I am doing, even if they don t like it, I’m glad I’m doing it.”
The actress is already making waves with controversial comments – she recently blasted Kanye West for an alleged rant during his concert at London’s Wireless Festival last weekend where he compared his family being followed by paparazzi to being victims of sexual assault.
“For Kanye to say ‘rape,’ maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island,” Dash said Tuesday on Fox’s Outnumbered.
Despite any controversy, after just a week at her new job, Dash couldn’t be happier: “I love it.”