Marcia Cross, the brand ambassador for PLAN’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ initiative, talks about the need to address gender inequality and safety of young girls. Postnoon gets talking to this actress with a golden heart
PLAN has been working on several issues related to children for 70 years now. What was your motivation to support their cause?
I think it started with my own wish to get married and have kids. When that didn’t happen for a long time, I came across an advertisement to sponsor a child and that’s where it all began. Ten years ago, I sponsored a child who’s from Zimbabwe and since then I have been associated with all the good work they have been doing in over 70 countries. The best part is that they are not just giving handouts but they are working to give opportunities that will empower young men and women to make a choice of their own when they grow up. I am a mother of two girls now and I would definitely want them to continue this tradition of sponsoring children in other parts of the world.
This is your first visit to India. Now that you have interacted with several girls, were there any issues which surprised you?
I am quite concerned about girl safety. It’s disheartening to see girls having to cope up with eve teasing, physical and sexual abuse. They don’t talk about it but I think it’s obvious. Men and women need to be taught about the importance of personal space. You cannot violate that boundary unless you are invited in. Apart from that, several young girls drop out of school due to various reasons to support their family. PLAN has been working closely with the local partners here in India to empower children through education and vocational courses. Kids don’t need handouts, they need opportunities.
What really shocked me the most was the concept of female foeticide. It’s horrible that people see girls as a burden, but then I can’t blame the parents or anyone else about this. I reckon it’s a cultural issue in India.
You visit a slum in Kavadiguda and also met the Lambada women. Did they demand anything when you interacted with them?
Absolutely nothing, which took my by surprise. They have never seen me on TV. They just wanted to tell somebody, ‘Thank you for giving me this chance. Thank you for listening and teaching’. It was such a relief to me because they were responding to another human being.
Has your perception of India and the kind of work that PLAN has been doing changed after this visit?
My biggest fear when I decided to come here was whether the poverty and heartache will be too much for me to handle and I wondered how PLAN is doing any good in these communities. But all those fears have been allayed after I saw hundreds of faces brimming with joy, happiness and hope.
Now that you are a mother of two girls, has this cause become closer to your heart? How are you planning to carry forward this ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign?
I have two sisters and now I am a mother of two. In a way, I have always been inclined towards girls, so yeah, I guess it’s more personal now. We are planning to light up the Empire State building in pink and white on the eve of International Girl Child day to raise more awareness and funds to support PLAN’s initiatives in various countries.
Desperate Housewives, the TV series, made you incredibly popular. Do you feel a sense of vacuum now that the series is over?
Oh..no! It’s a big relief that the series is over. I do miss the people a lot but now I have a lot more time to spend with my family and friends. When I was working, I was totally cut off from my friends because of my work and family. There’s no such thing as balance. I am naturally slow paced and right now, it feels nice. I have been travelling in India for the past nine days and I terribly miss my girls.
Had to slice it in 2 parts because it was too big. Marcia is amazing as usual:)
also added pictures of her arriving there.
Event From 2012 > Marcia Cross Arrives At The Saturday Night Show – May 19
The actress on the seminal ABC series plus comparing DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and MELROSE PLACE
If a take on the set of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is interrupted by a ringing cell phone, you may be sure that the offending sound will not be the fault of actress Marcia Cross. Not that she won’t pick up – you just won’t hear it first.
“Mine’s on silent and I answer it,” the actress laughs. “It doesn’t have time to ring.” This may be because in real life, Cross is the mother of two young children and, like most working parents, wants to be no more than a phone call away if they need her.
Cross, a native of Massachusetts, has been on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES from its 2004 beginnings as the prim and proper Bree Van De Kamp Hodge, who finally has begun to let her hair down socially and sexually as the years progressed.
Like her colleagues, series creator Marc Cherry and actresses Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, Cross has bittersweet feelings about the end of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which airs on ABC Sundays at 9 PM, after eight eventful seasons. Among the things she’ll miss, Cross points out, is proximity to Cherry. “He lives right next door.”
Marcia was on “The Rachael Ray Show” today. Here are 2 clips for you to watch:
I will add the captures tomorrow because I am way too tired right now.
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Had issues with the site earlier and had to get a restore for the site but lost recent updates so here I am re uploading everything. I’ve started with this but I will re add the DH pictures I’ve added earlier this week later.
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Talk Shows & Interviews > Good Morning America – December 1, 2011
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Talk Shows & Interviews > Talk Shows > Ellen Degeneres – October 21, 2011
This time of year, when many of us begin to get caught up in a joyous whirlwind of togetherness, delicious meals, and holiday celebration, it is sobering to remember that so many families — some in our own towns and neighborhoods — struggle just to put food on the table. Naturally we count our blessings, and, perhaps more so now than during other months, that gratitude we feel motivates us to seek out more creative ways to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate.
Marcia Cross, 49, star of Desperate Housewives (now in its eighth and final season), and the mother of 4-year-old twins Eden and Savannah, embodies that spirit of gratitude and giving back. She’s long been an avid supporter of a variety of causes that are dear to her heart (and ours), from women’s health to cancer research. More recently, the experience of becoming a mom inspired her to join with the organization Feeding America in the fight against childhood hunger. We asked Cross to help us get the message out about how important it is to put food on the tables of underserved children and how you and your child can make a difference in the lives of other families. We also caught up with the actress about her surprising plans for after her show concludes in the spring.
Parent & Child: You came to motherhood later than many women. How did the experience inspire you to get involved in fighting childhood hunger?
Marcia Cross: When I became a mother, my focus shifted, and the thought of a child going hungry affected me deeply. The fact that, in this day and age, some parents can’t feed their kids made me want to do something to help.
P&C: So you teamed up with the group Feeding America in 2009?
Cross: Yes, and it’s been an incredible experience. I was shocked to learn, through working with this organization, that between 14 million and 16 million children in the United States live in what they call “food insecure” homes. That means that the family does not have steady access to food that meets their basic needs, and they tend not to know when the next meal is coming. You’re used to thinking of hunger in Africa or somewhere else — you don’t think of it in your own backyard.
P&C: Can you tell us about a memorable project you worked on with Feeding America?
Cross: In New York, I helped out with a great program that goes into schools and fills backpacks with food for kids to take home for the weekend. The weekend is when these children are not getting school breakfast and lunch, so many have to go with no food or very little to eat until Monday comes around. The backpacks give them a bunch of staples — fruit, pasta and sauce, juice — to get them through. And the food isn’t just for the kids, but for everyone in the house. It feeds entire families.
A nice new article about Marcia, check it out:
Marcia Cross’ role as Bree on “Desperate Housewives” has kept her plate full this season with Bree committing adultery with Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) ex-husband Karl (Richard Burgi), stealing recipes from her new neighbor Angie (Drea de Mateo) — and now she has a plane crash in her future. Buzz is that someone close to Bree could die — possibly her husband Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) or her son Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom).
“I would be shot if I said too much about the upcoming episode with the plane crash,” Marcia tells ET. “Sometimes [exec producer] Marc Cherry says way more than one could say, but since I don’t know that, I am not going to divulge any secrets. There is a big plane crash and people do get hurt because they do in plane crashes, but I can’t tell you more than that.”
Marcia is also hoping to keep plates full this holiday season by partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and the Chinet brand in an online initiative called Grateful Platefuls. Through the program, Huhtamaki, makers of Chinet, will donate $100,000 to Feeding America, which will provide 700,000 meals to Americans at risk of hunger. Folks can participate at www.facebook.com/mychinet. All you have to do is log onto the site, write what you are grateful for and pick a plate to display to participate in the hunger-relief program.
“It is hard to pick a charity because there is so much need in so many ways,” Marcia says. “I picked this one because it is a primal visceral thought of my husband or children or parents being hungry. I picked this because it is America’s largest hunger-relief organization, and it is so simple to go online, put your name in and what you are grateful for. It is such an easy thing to do, I thought I had to show up and do that.”
One thing that Marcia, the mom to fraternal twins Eden and Savannah who will turn three in February, will not show up for is the updated version of “Melrose Place.”
“I have a very busy life,” she points out. “So it is not even about what I would do on ‘Melrose Place,’ because I have already done every crazy thing imaginable as the whacked-out Kimberly, but I don’t have a minute in my day left, so I don’t have any plans now … unless they want to float me on a raft and let me take a nap in the infamous pool.”
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross is helping conquer hunger this holiday season as the official spokesperson for Grateful Platefuls who will donate $100,000 to Feeding America, which will provide 700,000 meals to Americans in need.
Celebrity Baby Scoop participated in an exclusive webcast with Marcia to discuss the urgent need for hunger relief right here in our own communities. The busy mother of 2 ½-year old twin girls, Eden and Savannah, also opened up about her “little jokesters,” what she really thinks about celebrity baby websites and the paparazzi, and how she manages her “very full life.”
CBS: What are Eden and Savannah into these days?
MC: “They’ve just started preschool so new songs and new kids. Savannah’s still only wearing navy blue so that’s a challenge,” laughs Marcia. “Eden likes to be naked so that’s another challenge but they’re fabulous and they’re really funny and they seem to have really good hearts and a great sense of humor.”
CBS: What kinds of things do the girls do to make you laugh?
MC: “My girls are really funny! They’re actually little jokesters. They do twists on words already. I call them ‘my little minxies.’ They dance, they do imitations of other kids dancing, they make up songs, they make up lyrics. It’s all so silly but every mother just adores their own child and I’m the same way. They make me laugh all the time.”
CBS: Do you ever have any frazzled mom moments?
MC: “Omigosh do I ever have frazzled mom moments? What you really should ask me is how many frazzled mom moments do I have in a day, which is like every mom I’m sure. And I have a lot of those frazzled, what do I do now moments where you are being challenged by your 2 ½-year old and you’re thinking ‘I don’t know what to do now…..is this a discipline moment or do I talk to them moment?’ Sometimes I say, ‘let me get your father.’ That’s what I do when I’m really confused and frazzled, but it sounds like I’m really in control like ‘Oh, I’m going to speak to your father about this’ [said in deep, serious voice]. But yah, I’m frazzled a lot, and overwhelmed, and overjoyed and all those things that go together with being a mother. And I think that’s never going to end!”
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