Internationally acclaimed actress and mother-of-three Susan Sarandon, 64, has donned the famous milky mustache, becoming the spokesperson for the latest “got milk?” advertising campaign and lending her voice to concerns about lack of proper nutrition in many kids’ diet.
In an interview with Parade Susan talks about her desire to inspire her children through her charitable work.
Hoping to pass on some positive life lessons, she says, “I hope they’re present in their lives and feel some kind of empathy. I think a lot of the mistakes that have been made in the world have been through a lack of empathy. If you can identify with someone else and empathize with someone else, then activism is a short step away.”
When not wearing the white whiskers she devotes much of her time to raising awareness in such matters as world hunger, women’s issues and HIV/AIDS. A Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1999, Susan says she’d like to take her son Jack, 21, with her on one of her trips.
I’m hoping that my eldest son will join me. He has expressed an interest in taking a trip with me and possibly filming. He’s studying film and he graduates this year. One of the things that’s always been the hardest is how lonely you are when you’re there and you’re so emotionally involved, so to be able to have one of my kids with me, I think would be great for me and probably very educational for him.”
The politically active star goes on to speculate about how different life would be if women ruled the world.
“The world would be different if any woman were in charge. I think women are just naturally interested in certain things that maybe men aren’t. Although, I’ve been seriously disappointed by a lot of women in office, so it’s not a guarantee. That’s why it’s not a guarantee that women should just vote for any woman that runs. It depends on the individual. But I do think that naturally, women tend to focus on certain things…. I think that maybe it’s possible for a woman to be less ego-involved in solving problems than some men….
“But if our sons aren’t doing what we’d hoped they’d do, if they’re not paying attention to the things we’d want them to pay attention to, if they’re still solving problems with violence, I think that women have to take some responsibility for the way we’ve raised them.”
Susan’s daughter Eva Amurri has followed in her famous mom’s footsteps, though the Oscar-winner insists she didn’t steer her in that direction.
I would never push my kids into anything. I think they have to really find it for themselves in order for it to count. They’re all very aware, but you know, you go through college and you’re trying to figure yourself out, so I haven’t really pushed them towards anything. They’ve each found their own things.”
Susan is also mom to son Miles Guthrie, 18.