Chris Noth takes a stand in the fight against hunger
By Cindy Pearlman April 3, 2013 2:24PM
Chris Noth | AP
There is still something larger than life when it comes to the actor formerly known as Mr. Big.
When a publicist wants to listen into this interview, the commanding Noth says in a good-natured, but firm way, “What are you, the CIA?”
He laughs in that way that made Carrie Bradshaw melt, so you can’t blame her for the infatuation. Even talk about his hit series “The Good Wife” (Sunday nights on CBS) gets a bold answer. “The show is set right in your backyard even though we film in New York. I say, ‘Let’s do a road trip and go to Chicago. I have friends in Oak Park. Let’s go see some of the sights.”
Noth is also happy to divulge a bit when it comes to end of the season plot secrets. “It’s a very close election,” he says. “Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to happen.” Will he get back with his estranged wife played by Julianne Margulies? “We’re always having sex in the campaign bus. You never know. Old habits die hard.”
And then there is the serious side of Noth, who drops any bravado to talk about the issue that actually brought him to the phone today. He’s trying to help in the fight against hunger to work with Beauieu Vineyards Give & Give Back program (visit facebook.com/bvwines) through which people are invited to nominate local community members who are making a difference in the fight for hunger relief.
“One in six American households have no access to food. There are 17 million children in food insecure households. We don’t think about it in cities like Chicago and New York, which are such foodie towns and all about the new restaurant.
“This is a huge problem in our country — and it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s about donating to local food banks. I’m also working with a program where you nominate local heroes in your community who deal with fighting hunger.”
“It brings a needed attention,” he says, mentioning that he went through some tough times prior to getting “Law & Order.” “I didn’t make any money as an actor until I was 30. I was lucky to live in New York where you could sneak by in those days. I’d go to happy hour. Buy one beer and stock up on chicken wings. I had enough to feed myself, live cheap and pay for an acting class.”
So opposite of Mr. Big, who actually isn’t so large these days, what about another “Sex and the City” movie?
“Ah…I doubt it,” Noth says. “I don’t think any of us are thinking about it. The truth is we’re all getting a little middle-aged or more. It will be geriatric ‘Sex and the City’.”
But then again...
“People keep talking about it,” Noth says. “Maybe there is hope.”
Does he ever run into Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC?
“Funny thing is we don’t run into each other,” he says. “She has three kids. I have a five-year-old. It’s so opposite of Big and Carrie.”
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