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Susan Sarandon Won't Tell Her Daughter
How to Be a New Mom, But She Will Tell You

Published on March 4, 2014

I had to take a deep breath and tell myself to keep it cool when her familiar, raspy voice came on the other end of the line. I was on the phone with an icon. Susan Sarandon is one of my favorite actresses, an Oscar winner, and a dedicated philanthropist and activist. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sedona Film Festival where Waiting for Mamu, a film she produced, just premiered. Not to mention, she has the ability to exude as much confidence and sex appeal in a menswear-inspired suit as she does in a dress that flaunts her famous curves.

 

Even with a lifetime of achievement behind her, the
67-year-old is still adding new roles to her resumé.
She just became the first celebrity face of the
100 Good Deeds Bracelet, a nonprofit helping at-risk
women in Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa,
and Haiti, and she is about to become a grandmother.

 

How did the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet project come about?

It started with an idea that one of my partner’s 12-year-old daughter had about trying to do good deeds whenever you could but not taking credit for them—not big things, just little things. Mary [founder Mary Fisher] took it to the next step and made it into a physical thing: a beaded bracelet with a rubber ring that you move each time you do a deed. It is just something that you can look back at and see how far you’ve traveled in terms of your soul.

 

Why did you decide to become the face of the movement?

I just think it is a great idea because it makes you conscious about someone other than yourself. There is so much satisfaction in the little things in life—you don’t have to think of doing good deeds as saving the world. You can just open the door for someone, or smile at someone, or help an elderly person who needs it, or tutor someone. You shouldn’t think
you’re not powerful enough to some way affect the human condition. Even little things can completely change a person’s life by starting their day off in a nice way, just the way your day can be ruined when someone screams and yells at you for taking their parking place. So when Mary found a way to activate this in an actual physical way I was very happy to volunteer to help direct people to the website. Read more >

 

—Megan Cahn

It is just something that you can look back and see how far you've traveled in terms of your soul.

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