The Oscar-nominated actress joins fellow thespians Angelina Jolie, Nicole kidman and Michael Douglas in using her celebrity to help make the world a better place. “Given these stark realities, I could no longer stand on the sidelines,” she told reporters.

It’s nice to be able to post a cynicism-free blog entry every now and then.


Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts on Monday joined the UN fight against AIDS, saying she could no longer stand by and watch people die.

Watts, 37, who starred in “King Kong” and “Muholland Drive,” was appointed special representative for UNAIDS, the umbrella UN coordinating body for HIV-AIDS, which recently named conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich as its goodwill ambassador.

Born in Britain and raised in Australia, Watts just returned from five days in Zambia, where only one in five people stricken with the disease receive treatment.


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