Allison Janney revived her 'West Wing' character to fill in for the White House press secretary

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C.J. Cregg From 'The West Wing' Fills in at White House Press Briefing

One of actress Allison Janney's most memorable roles is playing White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on the hit TV show "The West Wing," and the real press at the White House got a surprise when Janney appeared Friday in the press room.

After Janney said she was filling in for White House press secretary Josh Earnest, the room filled with laughs as she went back into her C.J. Cregg character.

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But it turned out Janney was there for a serious cause. She came with Chick Lorre, executive producer on her current show, "Mom," to honor 10 individuals from across the country with the White House Champions of Change honor for their leadership in preventing prescription drug abuse and heroin use in the country.

In "Mom," which airs on CBS, Janney and costar Anna Faris play characters who are recovering addicts.

Watch Janney's surprise appearance in the White House press room here:

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Allison Janney revived her 'West Wing' character to fill in for the White House press secretary

Theodore Roosevelt: Pony named "Algonquin" (12 horses)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Theodore Roosevelt: Hyacinth macaw named "Eli Yale" (Owl, 6 dogs, 2 cats, snake, 2 kangaroos, one-legged rooster, rabbit, flying squirrel, 5 guinea pigs, 5 bears, pig, and a raccoon)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

William Howard Taft: Cows named "Pauline Wayne" and "Mooly Wooly"

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Woodrow Wilson: Sheep used to graze on the White House lawn. Wilson also had a tobacco-chewing tam named "Old Ike," an airedale named "Davie," a greyhound named "Mountain Boy," bull terrier named "Bruce," songbirds, and a cat named "Puffins."

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Warren G. Harding: Airedale terrier named "Laddie Boy," English bulldog named "Old Boy" and a squirrel named "Pete"

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Calvin Coolidge: White collie named "Rob Roy" and chow named "Tiny Tim"

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Calvin Coolidge: Raccoon named "Rebecca." He also had another raccoon, 10 dogs, three canaries, mockingbird, goose, two cats, donkey, bobcat, two lion cubs, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, and a black bear.

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Herbert Hoover: Belgian shepherd named "King Tut" and a pair of alligators that crawled around the White House grounds. 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named "Fala"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named "Meggie"

(Photo: AP. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Harry Truman: Cocker spaniel named "Feller" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Harry Truman: Irish setter named "Mike" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Dwight Eisenhower: Weimaraner named "Heidi," parakeet named "Gabby" (she was never photographed)

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (his favorite) and a mixed-breed named "Pushinka"

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: German shepherd named "Clipper," Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (with Caroline), mixed-breed named "Wolf" (reclining by Caroline), Irish cocker spaniel named "Shannon" (with John Jr.) and two of Pushinka's puppies (with First Lady Jackie Kennedy).

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: Pony named "Macaroni" (another pony named "Tex")

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Lyndon B. Johnson: Collie named "Blanco" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles "Him" and "Her"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Mixed-breed named "Yuki"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Terrier named "Pasha," poodle named "Vicky," and Irish setter named "King Timahoe"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Cocker spaniel named "Checkers"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Gerald Ford: Golden retriever named "Liberty" and her litter of puppies born at the White House

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Gerald Ford: Siamese cat named "Shan"

(Photo: Gerald Ford Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Golden retriever named "Victory"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: King Charles spaniel named "Rex" 

(Photo: Wikipedia. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Bouvier des Flandres herding dog named "Lucky"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Millie" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Ranger"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Bill Clinton: American shorthair cat named "Socks"

(Photo: AP. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Bill Clinton: Labrador retriever named "Buddy"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: Scottish terriers named "Barney" and "Miss Beazley"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: American shorthair cat named "India," "Willie," or sometimes called "Kitty"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Spot"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Barack Obama: Portuguese water dogs named "Bo" and "Sunny"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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