Mark Wahlberg, CGG
Last night at the world premiere of director M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening in NYC, the stars were looking fab strutting their stuff on the red carpet. And CGG was there, of course not to ask what they were wearing, but what these guys were passionate about.
Mark Wahlberg plays a science teacher in the film, which probably wasn't a tough stretch as the actor is super passionate about young people in real life. We asked him about The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, and he explained, "We're just trying to create opportunities for kids. I grew up in a very tough neighborhood- there was a lot of crime and a lot of drugs, and I made a lot of bad choices. And I was fortunate. But a lot of other kids weren't, and I just want to create opportunities for kids growing up in environments like that."
Ashlyn Sanchez, CGG
Speaking of youth passion, we spotted 11-year-old Ashlyn Sanchez, who plays his daughter in the film. She told us about her dedication to raise money for kids with cancer. Her school is part of Mac's Project, which recycles bottles and uses the money to treat kids with cancer at the LA Children's Hospital.
Young people were the theme of the evening, and Zooey Deschanel was no exception. She told us about one of her favorite organizations, PS Arts, which provides arts education in California. "I know that I would not be the person that I am today without arts education, and that it teaches kids to be creative and think creatively."
The movie, in which Mark and Zooey are a married couple trying to flee mysterious mass suicides (scary!) , features the wind and the environment a lot. When we talked with Night, he told us, "I've been thinking more and more about what we're doing to the world, and as a kid growing up you go 'oh my gosh, this is our world and it's our turn to take care of it.' We're getting our report card right now about how well we're doing and we're not doing so well, so that's been on my mind a lot."
We think it's great that Night is bringing up important issues in a creative way and are glad to see him tackle the themes in his films.
Thankfully, the premiere even made some small changes to the usual Hollywood extravagance to make a difference. Even the passes were eco-friendly!