It may be because her mother was at one point a teacher, but education has always been important to Rachel Weisz. “Both my parents were immigrants and it was the most important thing that I go to a good university,” says the Oscar-winning actress.
When she and her husband, Daniel Craig, decided to make a home in New York City, they were interested in finding a local charity that involved scholarships. Opportunity Network, which was co-founded by CAA’s head of corporate finance Brian Weinstein, who also serves as chairman of the board at OppNet, was a natural choice for the CAA clients.
OppNet’s co-founder/CEO Jessica Pliska, was instantly intrigued by the actress at their first meeting. “She is just dynamite and has so much fierceness and tenacity,” says Weisz.
Founded in 2003, the Opportunity Network aims to help students increase their potential to get into and graduate from college. Starting as young as age 13, kids in the New York City area can get aid with internships, preparation for interviews and college application tutors.
“Some of these kids don’t even have the $150 for the application fee, so we help with that,” says Weisz. “We drive them to colleges for student days, help with many life skills. All the things I kind of take for granted.”
She points to a teenager she met last year who had never been outside Brooklyn. “He ended up going to college on the West Coast and his life is transformed,” she notes. “His horizons are so much broadened by the opportunity.”
Weisz calls the organization very grassroots and very effective. “They have almost a zero percentage of dropouts, the kids who make it all the way through college,” she notes. “It’s pretty extraordinary.”
And also incredibly touching. “The most moving thing is to see this incredible desire to learn and go to college and to help them on that path,” says Weisz. “It’s very inspiring to be around an 18-year-old kid who’s burning to go to college and learn.”
Variety just posted this cool picture of Rachel!
Behind the scenes with Variety Power of Women honoree Rachel Weisz. (Photo credit: Bradley Ennis)
Rachel made her first public appearance since over a year. I just added pictures from Sarasota Film Festival. Rachel took part in this event on 18th of April. The pics are MQ right now and tagged – but will be replaced as soon as possible.
Actress Rachel Weisz is currently filming The Light Between Oceans, based on the M.L. Stedman novel of the same title. It’s about a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave) and his wife who rescue a baby from an adrift rowboat and raise her as their own daughter. Weisz plays Hannah, a woman on the mainland who is mourning the mysterious loss of her husband and their two-month old daughter, Grace.
Weisz is also working on two untitled projects – one directed by Maria Full of Grace’s Joshua Marston, the other about yachtsman Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth). With another Colin (Farrell), Weisz has a role in the forthcoming film “The Lobster,” which is set in a dystopian future where “single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.: Weisz is listed as “the short sighted woman.”
The latest movies starring Cate Blanchett, Rachel Weisz and Matthew McConaughey will be among those competing at the Cannes Film Festival next month, organisers said on Thursday.
Blanchett will appear in “Carol” with Rooney Mara, a lesbian love story set in New York, while Rachel Weisz will be in two movies: the Italian-directed “La Giovinezza” also featuring Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, and Greece’s “The Lobster” with Colin Farrel.
McConaughey will be in the American film “The Sea of Trees” with Naomi Watts.
Films starring Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek will also be vying for Cannes’s Palme d’Or top prize.
Other movies chosen included several Asian picks — “The Assassin” from Taiwan, “Umimachi Diary” from Japan, “Mountains May Depart” from China — and an Australian version of “Macbeth” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Organisers told a media conference in Paris that they had so far finalised 16 films for the competition, but would be adding two to four more in coming weeks to have around 20 movies.
The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 13 to 24.
I created ‘Youth’ gallery and added first pictures from the brand new teaser trailer. That’s not a lot, but still – new movie with Rachel!
I hope you all saw news regarding Rachel’s newest role. Meanwhle, I just switched ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ caps – from poor quality caps to HD ones. Hope you’ll like.