Happy Sex and the City anniversary day! We chatted with the man who riled up that whole series, Chris Noth, to talk just a bit about his famous role but mostly about his awesome new cause. He’s working with BV Wines to help relieve hunger in the United States. Read on to find out more about how you can help!
OK!: How did you get involved with BV Wines’ cause of hunger relief?
Chris Noth: Of course I knew about their wines because I drink. [laughs] I had no idea—you figure in the United States we got a handle on it. In fact, 17 million children are living in food-insecure households. One in 6 people can’t get access to food. Corporations like BV really help because obviously, government can’t handle it completely. They’ve created a program, Give & Give Back. The other thing is they are celebrating “Hometown Hunger Heroes,” people who are fighting hunger in their own ways. I’m presenting a $10,000 donation to a national hunger hero, Brett Meyers, and his food delivery organization, Nourish Now.
OK!: How does a consumer give back to BV? When you buy a bottle, does a percentage go to the campaign?
CN: No, it has nothing to do with buying their wine. BV is dedicated to hunger relief and has provided more than three million meals over the past few years to food relief and will continue to do. Consumers can feel good knowing that when they buy BV, they’re supporting a company that supports hunger relief. Give & Give Back is a program attached to their company.
OK!: Are there other ways the average person can help?
CN: Every single town has a church or organization that donates food. Whether you’re helping serve meals on Thanksgiving, [or] you can donate money, you can donate food. It’s really not that hard.
OK!: Do you have advice for people who are intimidated by wine?
CN: I suggest everyone go to Napa. [laughs] Go on a wine tour. I say trust your own taste buds. Eventually, as you drink a really good one, you’ll be able to taste the dreck and not want it.
OK!: I want to ask about The Good Wife. So it ended with—
CN: I’m the governor! There’s a new sheriff in town, baby. Watch out.
OK!: Even though your character had done some terrible things—
CN: Well, come on. We’ve seen, in our political landscape, people come back. Usually they have to do with sexual scandals. Finally, people go, well, is the policy good? Are the politics good? Is the guy smart enough to know what’s good for his community, his country? If those are yeses, I think people vote for them again.
OK!: What is your role in Lovelace, your next movie project?
CN: I play the guy that funded it, that has suspicious ties to, possibly, the mob. But he’s the guy that put the money up for it and wants to basically start a business in pornography, which is what happened.
OK!: What can people expect from the film?
CN: It’s a film about a woman who basically started pornography. It’s not pornography itself. I think it’s a disturbing story of a young, confused woman and the start of what is now a billion-dollar industry.
OK!: I watched the clip with Amanda Seyfried at the photo shoot. It was beautiful and sad.
CN: She does a stand-up job. I adore her. She’s so lovely. Peter Sarsgaard is amazing, I think the whole cast is terrific.
OK!: So it sounds like you’re playing another bad dude. You are most recognizable for playing Peter on The Good Wife and of course, Mr. Big—are you sick of playing bad boys, or is it fun?
CN: What do you mean, another bad dude? What’s that mean? I don’t think Peter is a bad guy. I don’t think Mr. Big, by any stretch of the imagination, is a bad guy. I like complicated people. I like people, like all of us, with flaws. If these guys are bad guys, we’re all bad guys. Perfect people are really boring. You find those on the WB channel or something.
OK!: It’s also not that fun to watch.
CN: We’re all struggling. We’re all trying to find the answer. We’re all here for a short amount of time, and I think the only virtue of getting older is being able to see a hawk from a handsaw, as Hamlet says. You’re able to distinguish the bullsh*t a little more and not involve yourself in it.
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