This year's reality noms are all about pack rats, junkies, gay friends and crappy jobs.
"My mother passed on Sept. 25," says Terrence Howard. "She had been suffering from colon cancer for six years. She was screened when she was 50, but she was already at Stage III."
It wasn't a personal experience or family history that made Mariska Hargitay aware of victims of sexual assault. It was fan mail. The letters to the actress playing Detective Olivia Benson of "Law…
Josh Brolin's first trip to Haiti left him devastated. "There were piles of trash 30 to 40 feet high. Children were playing in the sewers that ran through the slums. The Haitians are truly the…
"We don't have a Department of Cures. We don't have a Secretary of Cures. We have to drive that agenda ourselves," says Michael J. Fox.
As a kid growing up in a tough working-class area of Brooklyn, Chris Rock hung out at the Bushwick Salvation Army Community Center.
"I don't do things in my work to raise awareness. That comes later," says Hilary Swank. "But I've certainly told a lot of these true stories."
One in six women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Sixty percent of sexual assaults will not be reported to the police.
"Keep a Child Alive may be a baby, but it's doing really big work," says the org's global ambassador and co-founder, Alicia Keys. "We started seven years ago and now we serve 50,000 people. That's…
"I grew up in an abusive family. I saw firsthand the destruction that abuse can do, especially to children," says Halle Berry. "I've always cared about women and women's issues."