Would you say that you are fundamentally an optimist or a pessimist about the challenges facing the world today? Can you explain why?
I oscillate between optimism and pessimism, to be honest! I feel optimistic when I am in a position to contribute something positive and constructive in my work as an actor, author, producer, sister, daughter, cousin, auntie, friend or philanthropist. I feel optimistic when I engage in the constructive work of others that I respect and admire, when I can feel the forces of good conspiring and multiplying in the world. But there are times when I am overwhelmed by the destruction and evil in the world too, and in those times, I suffer a quiet panic. But then I remind myself of Robert Bresson’s words: “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen,” and that renews my faith in myself and in my ability to effect change in the world. Just because we cannot fully fix some of the larger issues facing our world today does not mean we cannot make small differences that add up. If Watch Hunger Stop is able to provide a school meal for even one child, that is a positive change that I am proud to be a part of. So I guess optimism wins the day after all!