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Magyar Continued And all of his experience, at breaking down a script, and a char- acter, and really getting down to the essence of whomever he’s portraying, shows in his performance as “Harry.” I truly believe no other living man could have nailed the part the way Hal did. So we’ll see, but we’re hoping for the best! what projects are you working on now? I am directing a workshop at Cal Arts, which is something I’m re- ally thrilled to be a part of, as I went to school there. It’s a fan- tastic school that doesn’t receive nearly the kind of recognition it deserves, especially when it comes to producing cutting-edge theater that defies convention. What I’ll be doing, essentially, is heading a course that brings together Cal Arts students and pro- fessional working actors; we will rehearse and then perform a contemporary interpretation of “Romeo & Juliet.” the project culminates with a full-scale, six-week run this fall at the Red Cat or another theater in downtown Los Angeles, and then possibly a run in New York. As I mentioned Cal Arts doesn’t get as much recognition as it should, so I’m very excited to have this chance to bring Cal Arts to LA, and LA to Cal Arts. My production com- pany, Skinny Lee Productions, also has a full slate of projects planned for 2011, including a short and my next feature as a di- rector. And I’ve been getting back behind the camera again lately, too, which as much as I love directing, I realized I did miss a lot during the two year journey that was “Flying Lessons.” So, all in all, I’d say I’ve got a pretty busy year ahead! Do you have any favorite Foundation or organizations that you work with ? I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to work with Human Rights Watch and People Helping People. Human Rights Watch is an organization that focuses on defending Human Rights, that as American citizens, we often take for granted. From fighting sexual violence in the Congo to investigating cases in Senegal where children were forced to beg, they have been incredibly successful at fighting oppression all around the world. At the same time, I think it’s equally important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are people suffering here at home, right outside our doorsteps – and not just in faraway so- called “third world” countries. Which is where smaller, grass roots organizations like People Helping People come into play. PHP, which is based out of the Santa Ynez Valley in California, pro- vides local families in need with the resources to become self- sufficient. Whether it’s emergency relief or helping provide for basic needs, their work has really touched a lot of lives in the local communities. “Flying Lessons” was shot in Santa Ynez, which also happens to be where my family lives, so this one is very near and dear to my heart. what motivated you to get involved with People Helping People and Human rights watch? I’m fortunate to be surrounded by loved ones that are very aware, socially conscious, and care deeply about charity work. My mom especially, but also many of my closest friends. Yvonne Strahovski Is an 'Angel for Animals' Y vonne Strahovski's best friends—her rescued dogs, Chazzie and Wilbur—go with her everywhere, even to the set of her hit NBC show Chuck. Now, the trio is doing their part to help millions of homeless animals by starring in an "Adopt, Don't Buy" PETA campaign. "I think it's really important that people become aware of the amount, the mass of animals that are sitting in shelters as op- posed to people going out and just buying puppies that are being bred," Strahovski explains. Every year, 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals enter animal shelters across the U.S., and about half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of 26 A DISTINCTIVE STYLE . COM good homes. People who buy animals from breeders or pet shops and don't spay or neuter their animal companions are fu- eling the animal overpopulation crisis. Every dog or cat pur- chased from a breeder or pet store takes a home away from an animal waiting in a shelter. "There are just so many dogs that are just asgorgeous―whether they're mixed or purebred or whatever―they're all gorgeous, and they all have personalities, and they all need a home," shares Yvonne in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with PETA. Watch her interview below to learn more about the ani- mal overpopulation crisis and how you can help.

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