'Wife' thesp balances karma

When Archie Panjabi wanted to become an actress, her teacher mother advised her to keep up with her studies while acting. That advice has stuck with “The Good Wife” actress, who tries to learn something in the course of her philanthropic work.

Panjabi is busy with a slew of charities that she supports, including Art for Africa, Prartham USA and research for cures for breast cancer and for heart disease.

For Ford’s Warriors in Pink Foundation, Panjabi taped PSAs that air on CBS and benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She took part in a fashion show for the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease, heads Amnesty Intl.’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign to change the “no recourse to public funds” rule that traps women in a cycle of violence and participated in Harvard U.’s Artist in Residence Program.

During the filming of “The Constant Gardener” in Kenya, she joined the cast to set up a trust for the people in Kibera and Loiyangalani. “I wanted to get involved,” she said. That led to her emceeing an Art for Africa auction Oct. 12. “That was a great idea, combining creativity with charity,” Panjabi said.

For Prartham, she lends her voice to raise money for education of kids in India. She plans to visit the subcontinent to see the charity at work. “I want to see for myself, and hopefully I am doing some good.”

Besides her mother, Panjabi credits Angelina Jolie, her co-star in “The Mighty Heart,” for pushing her to get involved with charity work.

Going forward she would like to set up her own foundation focusing on women and education.”When you are in this profession, there is this huge need to be seen everywhere. While that is great for career, giving back is something for your mental health. As my mum would say, it’s good for your soul,” Panjabi said.

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