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Jenny Jaffe is a New York-based comedy writer, performer, non-profit founder, and non-comedy writer. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenny attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Television writing. While at NYU, Jenny was a member (And later director) of NYU’s premiere sketch group, Hammerkatz. During her senior year, Jenny was hired as a full time staff writer at CollegeHumor. She then went on to write for MTV’s Nikki and Sara Live, and developed a pilot, Love Week, for VH1 Online. In 2014, Jenny started Project UROK, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating the isolation of mental illness through funny, meaningful web content aimed at teens and young adults. Jenny is a member of the comedy group Forever Dog Productions, with whom she writes and performs regularly at The PIT. She has written for Vulture, The Washington Post, xoJane, Bustle, Reductress, and The Devastator, and her work has been featured in Playboy and Slate, among others. Along with Mara Wilson, she is the co-host of the live show Send In The Clowns at NYC’S Duplex cabaret theater. She can be seen in the upcoming feature films Jack of the Red Hearts and Punk’s Dead. She Tweets way too much (@JennyJaffe), lives in Manhattan, and really likes pandas. She feels like this was douchey, was this douchey?

Luana Mattos: What inspired to found Project UR OK?

Jenny Jaffe: Project UROK is the organization I wish had existed when I was a teenager struggling with OCD, anxiety disorders, and depression. It seemed like something I could do to help people, and I was in a lucky situation where I had the time, means, and people around me to make it happen.

L.M: Could you share with us a little bit of your personal story?

J.J: I’ve struggled with severe anxiety for as long as I can remember. In my teen years it was especially bad, though. I was officially diagnosed with OCD, and for a while it really consumed my life. I could barely go to school, I withdrew from people, I got severely depressed, and I really didn’t want to live anymore. The thing that helped me the most was hearing stories of people I admired who had dealt with similar things and come through the other side able to lead fulfilling lives. Through the treatment I’ve been privileged enough to receive, I’ve been able to accomplish so much more than I thought I would when I was sure I wouldn’t make it to high school graduation.

L.M: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

J.J: I’d tell myself some of the stories I’ve heard through doing Project UROK- that there were other people at my school going through the same thing I was. I’d tell myself that my mental illness didn’t mean I was weak or unloveable. I’d remind myself that it’s okay to need help. I’d tell myself there is so much to live for.

Jenny Jaffe headshot Alex Schaefer

Credits: Alex Schaefer

L.M: Why do you believe it’s so hard for young people to seek help, or to even admit they might have a mental health issue?

J.J: In the US, one of the biggest factors is the inaccessibility of mental healthcare. Getting help is super cost prohibitive, so even after overcoming the stigma of needing to seek help, it’s very difficult to get an appointment with someone who will accept your insurance, if you even have insurance. But that’s all because of the stigma, too- we don’t think of mental health as being as important as physical health. But it absolutely is. Many young people also come from families that can’t or won’t address their child’s mental health needs for a variety of social, economic, and cultural reasons. Young people especially are at the whim of the adults around them, and if the adults around them have a stigmatized view of mental illness, their ability to seek help is significantly decreased. Teens especially are also concerned about what their peers will think, which is why I believe that peer support communities are especially important.

L.M: What do you think of self-help books. Are they effective? Is there a particular book that helped you?

J.J: I am a big fan of anything that helps improve someone’s quality of life. I don’t think any book can replace individualized treatment, but there have been many books that have helped me through difficult times. Some I would recommend:

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

It’s Easier Than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein

The Panic Attack Workbook by David Carbonell

L.M: What song/singer do you listen to that psyches you up and makes you feel strong?

J.J: Right now I’m listening to Adele’s new album! I absolutely love her. I think she’s such a total unapologetic badass. I am also a huge musical theater fan, and turn to some of my favorite showtunes when I’m at a low point- I’ve listened to a lot of Funny Girl and Hedwig to psych myself up. Right now I’m all about Hamilton, though.

One of my all time favorite songs is “A Better Son/Daughter” by Rilo Kiley. It perfectly captures my experience with depression and comforted me a lot in high school.

L.M: How do you think the entertainment industry could better portray the lives and struggles of people living with a mental health condition? 

J.J: I think the media has a huge responsibility to portray people with mental illness as, first and foremost, people. Sort of in the same way LGBT+ people used to be portrayed solely as representatives of their sexuality (and sometimes still are portrayed that way, unfortunately), a lot of the time characters with mental illness are defined by their mental illness, rather than being full characters who happen to have a mental illness. I also think it’s helpful to portray heroic characters who are struggling with mental illness- at a panel I did at San Diego comic con, one fan said during the q&a that they feel like because they have bipolar disorder, they are destined to become a villain. It’s so important to have characters like Jessica Jones, or Gail Simone’s Batgirl– it’s important to show young people that they can do great things, in spite of any mental health concerns.

Mara Wilson for Project UROK:

Jenny Jaffe for Project UROK:

Marissa Heart has clearly proven herself to be a multi-talented actress and performer headed for stardom, and that’s just one of the many reasons why she is THAT GIRL. Check out our interview with Heart where she explains what dancing means to her, her views on healthy competition, body image and body-type diversity in dance, and how she connected with her happy and energetic character, Tara, in the movie, Breaking Through, produced by John Legend.

Luana Mattos: The IATG community promotes collaboration over competition; we know that dancing involves a lot of competition – What do you believe dancers could do to encourage healthy competition?

Marissa Heart: I think that dancers should use competition with one another to make themselves better artists and dancers, and to inspire not only themselves, but others as well! Everyone is unique in their own special way!  Competition should never be discouraging; it should be inspiring and motivational.

L.M: We live in a society that is so obsessed with perfection and beauty (especially in the media). What do you think dancers could do to start different conversations about body image and body-type diversity in dance?

M.H: I know in the dance world there are many different body types, and people have so many different opinions.  I think everyone should learn to love themselves and realize that you can make BEAUTY and ART with the body that you have been given. That’s so amazing to me.

L.M: As a dancer you spend hours in front of the mirror. What does your mirror say to you? What’s your #InnerStyle?

M.H: My mirror says to me that I am a confident and unique woman, and that I AM enough. My #InnerStyle would have to be: love the imperfections that you have had insecurities about in the past.

Marissa Heart, image via FlyGirl Photography

Marissa Heart, image via FlyGirl Photography

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Taylor Davis is best known for flawlessly playing several violin-covers of music from video games featured on her YouTube channel “ViolinTay.” But she also has her own compositions, Davis original song “Awakening” is the perfect soundtrack of a winner; it inspires you to overcome trials and challenges, it reminds you that no matter how loud the outside voices are, your inner voice will always prevail. That voice spoke louder in Taylor’s life when she was bullied in middle and high school, that voice called when she was 8 years old, when she discovered her own truth and started her journey on the way to becoming the best version of herself.

Luana Mattos: You debuted at #10 on Billboard classical chart and have a US tour coming in September. Congratulations on that! I know that these achievements are the result of a lot of work and dedication!

Taylor Davis: Thank you so much! I feel incredibly grateful to be where I am and to have such an awesome community of people interested in supporting what I’m doing.

L.M: Could you tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to become a violin player?

T.D: I grew up in the Midwest in a wonderful family.  I have an older brother who got me interested in video games at a very young age and I’ve actually been a gamer longer than I’ve been a violinist.  I started playing the violin when I was about 8 years old.  I can’t ever remember being interested in playing an instrument before that age, but I suddenly became inspired to learn the violin after watching a girl play Silent Night at a special elementary school Christmas assembly.  I can still remember being in that moment and having that intense desire to start learning how to play the violin.

Image via taylordavis.com

Image via taylordavis.com

L.M: You were bullied in high school for playing the music you love. How did this experience shape you as an artist?

T.D: I was unfortunately bullied for a lot of things, not just for my music.  In middle school I was bullied both physically and verbally for my appearance and for playing video games, playing the violin and other assorted “nerdy” interests.  I didn’t feel like I had anyone in my life who really understood me so it was a pretty sad and lonely time.  I was really depressed for a few years and actually used to cut myself.  By the time high school came around I was just tired of feeling depressed so I stopped cutting and also consciously decided to stop caring what people thought of me.  I was a lot more comfortable just being myself and being independent, but I was still lonely.  Then I met someone in the first few months in high school who was just as “nerdy” as I was and who actually liked the things about me that other people used to make fun of. Even though we certainly weren’t in the “popular” crowd, we didn’t care because we both really loved hanging out with each other, playing video games together, just enjoying the things we both loved without worrying what people thought and it felt amazing.  That was Jarred, who I’ve been married to for 4 years now, and we’ve been best friends for the past 14 years.  I think the whole bullying thing shaped me more personally than artistically.  It really gave me a lot of perspective on what’s important in life and how you can be happy and love yourself even if you’re different.  I feel like I have a pretty easy time respecting and understanding people who are different from me after going through all that.

L.M: As a young artist you must get a lot of advices. What piece of advice changed your life?

T.D: Before I started posting my own videos on YouTube, I remember watching this one video that really inspired me.  It was a motivational video by a vocal coach about how so many people will just talk about wanting something, but because they’re afraid of failing they never take the actions necessary to achieve their goals.  This was specifically directed at musicians who say they want to have a career in music but have never actually done anything meaningful to put themselves out there in the world to be discovered.  Basically, you could be the world’s most talented musician, but if you never put in the effort needed to get your music out into the world for people to find it, no one will ever know or care.  It’s so true and really hit home for me at the time because I kept saying I wanted this career and that I knew I could do it, but I hadn’t actually done anything to prove that yet.  It really motivated me to get serious about creating something tangible so I could show people what I was doing instead of just talking about what I wanted to do.

L.M: Your life has changed significantly since 2010 when you started your YouTube channel. Based on that, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

T.D: It’s so hard to predict what will happen in the future, and I’ve really learned that over the last few years with the direction my career has taken.  Never in my dreams did I imagine that I would have a successful career in music, let alone the kind of career where I get to consistently work on projects I’m passionate about and share it with an amazing audience.  I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years but I really hope that I’ll still be as happy as I am today, making new music to share with my audience and maybe have a couple of kids running around the house 😉

L.M: For many reasons you are THAT GIRL, but who is THAT GIRL in your life? Who’s your biggest female influence and why?

T.D: Thank you! THAT GIRL in my life would have to be my mom.  She’s my best female friend and we’ve always had a very close relationship.  I was very blessed having her as a female role model while I was growing up.  She’s strong, independent, adventurous, always tries to see the good in people, and has a very loving and gentle spirit.  I know I can always talk to her about anything without fear of judgment, and she has always been the biggest supporter and #1 fan of my music.

Image via youtube.com/violintay

Image via youtube.com/violintay

L.M: The IATG community promotes collaboration over competition; in a competitive world as the entertainment industry what do you believe the girls can do to balance that?

T.D: Collaboration is such a positive thing and I really believe that it can be so much more fun and rewarding to work with and learn from other girls who have similar goals than to try and compete with them.  I honestly believe there’s room for anyone who works hard to be successful in this industry, and instead of feeling threatened by girls who are talented and successful, try looking to them for inspiration and motivation in a positive way.  It’s totally fine and natural to look at another girl’s career and say “I’d like that too” but instead of getting competitive or jealous, find a way to achieve that without putting anyone down along the way.

L.M: Being in the spotlight brings many fans but, unfortunately, also haters. How do you deal with the negative comments?

T.D: I have to say I am extremely fortunate to have such an overwhelmingly positive and supportive audience because it has really made what I do very enjoyable.  Of course everyone gets the occasional nasty comment though and it can sometimes be tough to see those.  When I first started posting videos I was so sensitive to the negative comments that I could read through 100+ positive comments but would only remember the 1 negative comment.  It doesn’t make sense logically to feel that way but it was so hard for me to brush those off.  Finally, after a few years of being frustrated with feeling like that, I remember having a talk with myself and decided it wasn’t fair to be spending my limited time and energy thinking about or responding to the incredibly small amount of people who were purposely trying to make me feel bad about myself if I couldn’t give that same time and energy to all of the positive people who were trying to encourage and support me.  It wasn’t easy and I really had to train myself to get into that mindset and only focus on the positives.  Thankfully at this point those hateful comments rarely upset me, and it’s a really empowering feeling to let go of caring what the negative people think.  At the end of the day you just have to remember that haters gonna hate 😉

L.M: After all the experiences in your life what would tell your sixteen-year-old self?

T.D: That’s a tough one!  I tried to avoid practicing my violin when I was younger because I didn’t used to have fun with it but I definitely would tell her to practice her violin more haha!  I would also tell her to keep following her passions and what makes her happy regardless of what other people think.

L.M: IATG inspires girls to follow their passion, and you are definitely following yours. What advice would you give to the girls that want to pursue a music career?

T.D: I think that it’s important to always do what you love and not just what you necessarily think other people will love.  I know I could have gotten some more views or followers here and there by choosing to perform different types of music that I wasn’t as excited about, but for me personally it wouldn’t have felt genuine to perform music that I didn’t really love.  That’s something that has always been important to me, and one of the main reasons why I think people can feel really connected with my music.  It’s definitely not the easiest way to make a living sometimes, but if you’re doing something that makes you happy and that you’re proud of, it makes the tough times a little bit easier to deal with.  If you’re working hard, being the best that you can be and putting out content that you really love and believe in, people will be drawn to what you’re doing.

Check out Taylor’s music and more at http://www.taylordavisviolin.com/!

By Luana Mattos

For www.iamthatgirl.com

Harry Potter was an orphan, so it is no surprise that the non-profit Lumos, founded by J.K.Rowling, would aim to help orphan children. Surprising is the fact that unlike Harry, most of children living in orphanages aren’t actually orphans; more than 80% of them have at least one living parent.  So why do parents give away their children? That’s what Lumos CEO, Georgette Mulheir, explains to us in this enlightening interview.

Luana Mattos: You are one of the 30 most influential social workers in the world – Congratulations for your amazing work! When did you realize that this was your calling? And how you joined Lumos?

Georgette Mulheir: Thank you. I have always been passionate about social justice – as a teenager, I joined the anti-apartheid movement and Amnesty International. During my university studies I participated in a range of voluntary activities, such as working with refugees and survivors of sexual abuse, and teaching English as a second language to women in the local community. I saw the direct impact that this kind of work could have on people’s lives, and wanted to do more.

In 1993, I was asked to work on a project in Romania to prevent babies being separated from their families, and that began the next 15 years of my career, until the chance to join Lumos came along. Working with Lumos gives me a real opportunity to make an impact on the lives of millions of children, and to work with experts in the field.

L.M: What’s Lumos mission? Why is so important that we all embrace this cause?

G.M: 8 million children worldwide are living in institutions because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority and struggle to access services because of discrimination. Together with our partners we replace institutions with community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.  This supports families to provide the loving care their children need to develop to their full potential and build a positive future for themselves. This is a serious problem, on a massive scale, but we can solve it – that’s what makes the support of others so important, because it helps us achieve our goal.

L.M: Why are institutions so harmful for children?

G.M: Institutionalisation denies children the individual love and care they need to thrive.  Research has shown that institutionalisation has a serious impact on the early brain development of babies.  Outcomes for children raised in institutions are extremely poor and they have severely reduced life chances.  Of the 8 million children in institutions worldwide, more than 80% are not orphans.  Most have families who love them and want them but they are driven into institutions because of poverty and discrimination on the grounds of disability or ethnicity. This is a violation of their human rights and the effects last a lifetime.  One study found that young adults raised in institutions are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution than their peers, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to take their own lives.

Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, and Lumos Founder J.K. Rowling, right, are pictured after lighting the Empire State Building

Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos and Lumos Founder J.K. Rowling, after lighting the Empire State Building

 L.M: How is Lumos working to end the institutionalisation of all children in Europe by 2030, and globally by 2050? How can we help Lumos to achieve it?

 G.M We work in partnership with governments, professionals and carers, communities, families and children, to transform out-dated systems that separate children from families.  We provide training for new services, publish toolkits and best practice manuals, and influence decision-makers around the world, to make sure we are involved in every stage of the deinstitutionalisation process from top to bottom. This is how we proven we can create lasting change.

Another key area, and one which is central to the values of Lumos, is Child Participation. Oftentimes, children are not given any say in the decisions about their lives and care – from where they live to what they eat every day, to what they want to study or what they want to be in the future.  It is crucial to develop our systems with the input and guidance of the children who use them. The best people to explain exactly what children need to develop and thrive are the children themselves.

Our supporters can make a real difference to our mission by helping us to spread the word about our work. In November last year, we launched our new digital awareness platform Let’s Talk Lumos, which helps supporters both new and old get involved. We’ve also seen a recent rise in online supporters fundraising for us, which is fantastic. We’re so grateful to everyone who gets behind us.

Let's talk Lumos

Let’s talk Lumos

L.M: You have visited hundreds of orphanages, is there any specifically episode or experience that changed your life somehow?

 G.M: There are so many images that remain with me forever.  In one institution for teenagers with intellectual disabilities, the heating and water systems were barely functional, with children having one cold shower a week (when it is minus 20 degrees Celsius outside you can imagine how terrifying that is for a child); hepatitis B and lice were rife; behaviour was controlled through extreme physical punishment.  One of the boys came to me with a pair of scissors.  He told me an older boy had stuck chewing gum in a little boy’s hair, but he was afraid to cut it out himself in case he hurt him.  He asked me to help, which I did.  Afterwards he said, “thank you for not minding touching us when we are so dirty and smell bad”.

Another institution, in Europe, for children with severe disabilities.  We discovered a 16 year old boy – my height when standing – who weighed only 15 kilograms.  We introduced an urgent feeding and therapeutic programme, but it was too late – he died about two weeks later.

Another institution in a village in the middle of nowhere.  All the villagers – adults and children – had brand new shiny bikes.  It turned out a truckload had been sent to the institution by well-meaning people from abroad.  The children never saw the bikes, which were sold by the institution director.

Another institution in Khartoum, where the babies were dying every day.  It seemed a desolate and hopeless place.  Yet the new Director was determined to turn it around.  He managed to persuade many organisations to help with nutrition and care – and I was asked to help put in place foster care and family support.  It was a race against time, but within months we had established a foster care system and children who had been at death’s door were thriving in families.  The team of social workers involved were like private investigators, tracing birth parents.  I witnessed countless extraordinary reunifications of ‘abandoned’ babies with their mothers.

The children for whom our interventions are too late are always with me – if I ever lose sight of why we are doing this, they are a very sharp reminder.  But I am truly inspired by the children whose lives are turned around – and the amazing adults who make it possible – courageous Lumos personnel working in difficult conditions, dedicated government employees and civil servants, amazing human rights activists.  In every country in which we work there are thousands of local champions who take on the vested interests, resistance, suspicions and fears of the societies they live in, to make them a better place for children.

L.M: After 20 years working in orphanages, what was the biggest challenge you faced?

 G.M: The biggest challenge we face is the lack of coordination of all people involved in transforming services for children.  Although the scientific evidence proves orphanages are harmful to children (and unnecessary), this message is not understood well enough by politicians, funders and members of the public.  Because of this we see contradictory practices – such as one donor building orphanages while a government is trying to close them and develop community based systems.  So our biggest challenge is getting as many people as possible to understand the harm caused by orphanages and the better alternatives that exist and then to agree the way to solve the problem.

L.M: Orphanage by definition is: “A public institution for the care and protection of children without parents.” But your experience shows otherwise, if you could redefine the word ‘orphanage’, how would describe it?

 G.M: What a question. I do often wish that we could redefine the word orphanage, so that people could understand the true meaning – many people in the world still think they are good things. Many well-intentioned donors give money to orphanages, and many young people want to volunteer to work in orphanages. All this reinforces the orphanage system. Changing their understanding of orphanages is a global challenge for us. We often use the expression ‘so-called orphanages’, because as I mentioned before we know from research that at least 80% of the children who live in them are not orphans – they generally have one or more parents, or extended family, who they could live with if given the right support. So that is the first part that would need to change in the given definition. The second area of concern is the level of ‘care and protection’ provided – when research has shown that not only is the care inadequate and harmful, but that these places actually leave children more susceptible to abuse, and less protected.

L.M: What advice would you give to the young women that share the same passion as you for social work?

G.M: Social work is an incredibly rewarding field.  It is not easy and is not for the faint-hearted.  But if you choose to dedicate your working life to transforming the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people, you will never regret it.  You will never wake up in the morning wondering ‘what’s the point?’.  Social work is a field where women are over-represented – and yet still in senior management roles we see far too few women.  So I would urge all interested young women to get a good grounding in field work, but also to aim to become involved in management.  Although I miss the direct work on the ground, as Chief Executive I can achieve so much for many more children.

A special thank you to Vicky Gillings, Kate Timbrell and John Steele for making this interview possible and to Georgette for taking the time to do this interview.

UPDATE: In this film J.K. explains why children need families not orphanages!

Câncer de mama é um assunto bastante delicado para mim; duas das minhas tias foram diagnosticadas com esse tipo de câncer. Uma delas morreu um ano depois que o câncer voltou e atingiu seus ossos, e a outra ainda está lutando contra o câncer. Então, eu não posso fechar os meus olhos e cruzar os meus braços para essa doença que, não apenas é a segunda principal causa de morte entre as mulheres, mas também cujas estimativas cresceram alarmantemente nas últimas décadas.

No ano passado Angelina Jolie chocou o mundo quando fez uma dupla mastectomia, o que seria a última opção de qualquer mulher, foi a resposta imediata de Angelina diante da possibilidade da doença. Câncer de mama não vê raça, gênero, idade ou classe social, ele só vê uma saída: precaução e auto exame!

Mas Angelina não foi a primeira celebridade a chamar nossa atenção para esse assunto tão importante, o filme FIVE dirigido por Jennifer Aniston, Patty Jenkins, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore e Penelope Spheeris explora o impacto do câncer de mama na vida das pessoas de todos os ângulos e nos lembra que quando detectado cedo e com tratamento certo as chances de sobrevivência são maiores.

Para discutir sobre o assunto e falar de suas experiências no set de “FIVE”, trouxemos uma entrevista com Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time”), que gentilmente aceitou meu convite para falar do assunto.

Um agradecimento especial à irmã da Jennifer, Júlia Morrison, que nos ajudou na produção desta entrevista.

L.M: O que te inspirou a fazer parte desse filme? Alguém próximo a você já passou por isso? Se sim, como foi?

J.M: Quando uma oportunidade de fazer o que eu amo está associada a uma boa causa, dizer “sim” é uma escolha óbvia. Minha família já foi tocada pelo câncer, não câncer de mama, mas câncer. Isso é sempre uma palavra assustadora. Cada diagnóstico parece ter um mistério diferente. Infelizmente, esse mistério sempre inclui uma quantidade enorme de medo e muitas vezes de resistência a dor. Eu tenho vários amigos que assistiram suas mães lutarem contra o câncer de mama e a espera e a dúvida cria uma energia de medo que é densamente palpável.

L.M: Seu personagem viveu em um tempo diferente na história, onde esse tópico não tinha muita conscientização e basicamente nenhuma chance de sobrevivência. Mas hoje, mesmo com toda a informação e recurso que temos as ocorrências do câncer de mama tem crescido, o que você acredita que nós podemos fazer para aumentar a conscientização dessa doença?

J.M: Percorremos um longo caminho desde os tempos em que o meu personagem em “FIVE”enfrentava o câncer de mama de sua irmã. Então, muitas vezes agora o câncer de mama é tratável e há chances de sobrevivência. Eu acredito, no entanto, que o objetivo final é que o câncer de mama seja 100% curável. A ciência está se movendo na direção de verdadeiramente isolar o problema e encontrar a cura. Meu parceiro de produção, Andrew Carlberg, fez uma parceria com Fran Visco do National Breast Cancer Coalition, essa coligação lançou recentemente a sua missão de curar o câncer de mama até 2020 (http://breastcancerdeadline2020.org). Eles estão fazendo grandes avanços na busca de uma cura.

Jennifer Morrison, em foco o câncer de mama

Jennifer Morrison, em foco o câncer de mama

L.M: Após cada um dos cinco contos, eu estava rindo, chorando ou ambos. Todos eles foram muito comoventes e inspiradores. Como era o clima no set? Como foi trabalhar cercada por um elenco e uma equipe de mulheres poderosas?

J.M: Cada curta-metragem foi filmado separadamente. Eu estava apenas em torno do elenco do meu segmento e da diretora Demi Moore. Demi tem uma presença poderosa e positiva. Ela é doce e forte. Direta e vulnerável. Eu sinto que é importante lembrar que as mulheres poderosas são uma bela combinação de força, inteligência e vulnerabilidade. Marta Kauffman e Paula Wagner, que são duas das produtoras executivas, também são exemplos desse tipo de mulher. Estar rodeado de mulheres que eu respeito e admiro definitivamente me atraiu para o projeto também. O tom no set era muito sério. Todos podiam sentir que estávamos criando algo que tinha uma mensagem importante e todo mundo queria ter certeza de que estava fazendo seu melhor para que desse certo.

L.M: Você teve a chance de conhecer sobreviventes do câncer ou parentes de pessoas que lutaram contra a doença no set? Se sim, quão inspirador foi ouvir as histórias deles?

J.M: Como eu mencionei vários dos meus amigos ajudaram suas mães a enfrentar o câncer de mama. Essa é uma doença que mesmo quando vencida deixa uma marca permanente tanto na vitima como na família inteira. O medo e a dor que enfrentam juntos é uma cicatriz que nunca cura completamente. Uma querida amiga minha, Amie Satchu comanda uma organização chamadaLiving Beauties (http://livingbeauty.org). Eles focam na qualidade de vida dos pacientes com câncer de mama. Eles têm retiros onde as mulheres podem se conectar com outras pacientes e entrar em um aconselhamento profundo sobre como ter a melhor qualidade de vida possível enquanto se luta contra o câncer. Muitas vezes mulheres que são mães solteiras tentam combater a doença e continuar cuidando dos seus filhos e com mais frequência que queremos pensar, elas perdem seus empregos porque não podem continuar trabalhando e não conseguem pagar pelo tratamento adequado.Living Beauties ajuda essas mulheres a encontrar soluções alternativas, planos de pagamento, e espírito mutuo para ajudá-las a passar por essa luta.

L.M: Jen, você gostaria de deixar uma mensagem para os seus fãs brasileiros?

J.M: Muito obrigada a todos os meus apaixonados e maravilhosos fãs brasileiros. Sou grata por vocês todos os dias! Espero que continuem a apreciar os personagens que eu interpreto nas telas. Obrigada por todo seu amor e apoio!

 

Entrevista postada originalmente no site hollywoodeaqui.com.

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