Susan Sarandon hopes to influence her son into a life of activism, as she has long been involved with charity work and overall good deedery (not a real word, but it works for me).
The Thelma & Louise star has a long resume of helping others; she has been a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador since 1999, stressed the importance of stopping global warming, fought against the war in Iraq, and is an advocate for children suffering from poverty and various charities that attempt to eradicate hunger and HIV/AIDS.
And I suppose it makes sense that the actress is trying to prove the old theory of like mother like son on her upcoming UNICEF charity trip, where she plans to take her 21-year-old son Jack Henry Robbins along for the ride.
Jack is an aspiring filmmaker and current student, but this would be his first UNICEF trip, and Sarandon told Parade Magazine, “I’m hoping that my eldest son will join me. He has expressed an interest in taking a trip with me and possibly filming.” She also admitted to some personal interest in bringing Jack, “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 Oscar winner also gave some insight into her own experiences with charity trips, “It’s been really eye-opening. The reason that they send celebrities into these places is so that you can come back and speak in the first person about what you’ve seen.”
It’s no secret that celebs are often idolized, and if they set a great example of how to give back then us normal folk just might follow suit.
Finally, the actress added, “Besides that obvious reason, it’s just such an education for me to really get to be in people’s homes or huts and to talk to people and be able to ask questions and understand something on a personal level as opposed to just reading about it. I’m very, very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had.”