As an actor, Sean Penn has few peers. A five-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner (for 'Mystic River' and 'Milk'), the 50-year-old is one of only nine actors ever to capture the Academy's top acting prize twice. And though he turned in a fantastic performance as Joe Wilson in the Doug Liman-directed Valerie Plame biopic 'Fair Game,' for Penn, 2010 was defined less by his onscreen acting than it was his tireless humanitarian work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation in January.

In the aftermath of the quake, many performers turned out to contribute their time and talent to raise money for the millions of Haitians left homeless and in dire need of basic necessities and medical care. None, however, have gone as far as Penn, who has spent the majority of the last year living in a tent in the island nation and serving as a camp manager in a temporary, makeshift city on the grounds of what was once the Petionville Golf Club.

The actor, our Celebrity Humanitarian of the Year, spoke to PopEater via e-mail from Washington, DC about the current situation in Haiti as well as what the country needs most moving forward in order to rebuild. "As long as parallel organizations [to his J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO)] focused on shelter and economic development find every reason to not act boldly -- the life saving, the provision of clean water, the neighborhood returns, we'll all continue to be a small part of this very large situation," Penn said. "What we need is funding so that our pro-activity can enhance its influence."