Ali Larter: Too Busy Fighting for Women to Cry Over End of 'Heroes'
By Nicki Gostin Posted Jun 21st 2010 11:35AM
So, tell me about the UN conference.
I was a guest at the UN foundation for the Women Deliver conference, and I really didn't know what to expect. I went into it with an open mind, really curious because I've always cared deeply for women's issues and I was startled by a lot of the statistics that I feel don't get a lot of attention.
Did it intimidate you being around all these smart women?
Absolutely! I was in awe of them and just inspired. There were women from 147 countries and women who really care and want to see change.
Did they play 'I am Woman' by Helen Reddy?
[Laughs] No. I was excited to be there with my mom. It was a lot to take in.
Who was there? What did they talk about?
The conference started off with Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN, and he was just a gentle warrior. One of the main things for him was that every woman has a right to give birth without fear of losing her own [life]. I thought it was such a poetic and startling phrase. It was really about learning more -- like that there are over 200 million women around the world who want access to birth control and family planning but don't have it. There should be universal access to family health care. Melinda Gates spoke about how easy it is to lower maternal mortality rates. For complications like fistula it costs $400. There needs to be more community centers to educate these young girls and more access to health care and hospitals.
Did you meet anyone exciting?
I was with Christiane Amanpour. When I was younger, I wanted to do broadcasting and I wanted to travel the world and go into war zones. She leaves me speechless, she's incredible.
How did you find out 'Heroes' was canceled?
My agent called me.
Did you cry at all?
No. I think we all expected it and we were prepared for it. I don't approach life like that. It's so out of your hands. I don't have the control over whether the shows are going to stay on or off the air.
Congrats on the MTV award -- Best Fight. Very cool.
Thank you. I missed it because it was the start of the conference. Me and Beyonce could have reenacted it.
You must get recognized a lot now by the sistas.
Yeah, Beyonce definitely brings in an incredible audience. It's hard to get through the airport right now. They're like, "You go girl!"
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