Just a minute with Minnie Driver

Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:34pm EST
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By Kristina Cooke and Aarthi Sivaraman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver has won critical acclaim for her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting" and her role in the U.S. TV series "The Riches."

She also is a long-time supporter of Oxfam's fair trade campaign that aims to give consumers the opportunity to use their purchasing power to help the poor.

Driver talked to Reuters about her career, being a celebrity and her charity work.

Q: What are you currently working on and has the writers' strike affected you?

A: "My TV show starts again in March -- the strike has just ended. I haven't been able to work since November, it's been awful for everyone. It is an absolutely righteous fight, but I'm very glad its over."

Q: Is it good that they called off the strike before the Oscars?

A: "You know what, the Oscars had a lot to do with helping. The loss of revenue would have been enormous."

Q: You've traveled extensively as part of your charity work -- what in particular stood out for you?   Continued...

<p>Actress and nominee Minnie Driver arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, September 16, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>