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Fame & Fortune: Julia Ormond

Bankrate: In this economic climate, how have you instituted cost-saving measures in your everyday life?

Julia Ormond: I've been streamlining everything, getting rid of old stuff and it's very liberating. I think understanding just how much a tiny portion of slavery is in so many of the products I buy -- cotton, coffee, sugar, steel, microchips, citrus fruits, gold, diamonds, shrimp, fish -- has curbed my spending appetite a ton. I haven't stopped entirely, but I'm now always aware of it. I don't believe that boycotting at the moment is the right way forward, as necessary as that process has been. My focus is to work on cleaning up supply chains by having all players come to the table to work on solutions.

Bankrate: It sounds as if you're still very active with the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking.

Julia Ormond: Actually I founded ASSET, so yes, extremely involved! People can go onto www.assetcampaign.org to see how they can engage and help. ASSET is an advocacy group that currently continues to raise awareness around at least 27 million people who are still enslaved. We work with a coalition of other North American NGOs who tackle this issue, and together we're trying to mobilize more resources and update legislation that will help us implement solutions.

Bankrate: You say you have streamlined things, but have you ever kept any items of clothing from certain films as remembrance?

Julia Ormond: I should have kept one of the dresses from "Legends," but instead I kept the gray jeans (laughs). They still fit. And I also have the cowboy boots. They were so cool, I'll never get rid of them. And Ed Zwick very sweetly gave me the gold bracelet from the movie that they made, and that's the bracelet that Tristan sends her. It was given to a charity a long time ago, though. A lot of stuff I have taken from films, I've given to auctions. It's hard to hold onto some things when it can have another impact somewhere else. Fortunately, nobody wants those jeans and boots.

Bankrate: I know you grew up a tomboy in England. What do you like to do that's still tomboy-ish?

Julia Ormond: I guess I'm not somebody who embraces the whole girly dresses thing.  I'm much more likely to be in jeans and a simple T-shirt or sweater. And I think I've enjoyed career stuff that has been particularly physically challenging, whether it's repelling down the side of a boat, doing fight sequences or trying to do my own stunts, I think that definitely brings out the tomboy in me and gives a side of my work that's fun.

Bankrate: You mentioned ASSET and how passionate you are about that. Are you looking to change the world one passion at a time?

Julia Ormond: I think how I feel about it is I feel passionate about the potential of the world and the potential of humanity, and I think that means that, from my perspective, spiritually and to keep in balance, one has to do something everyday to try and reach that potential. There's a Gandhi quote where he says, "Be the change that you want to see in the world." I think the more that each individual voice takes part in something positive, the more chances we have to overcome the negatives. But it takes all of us doing it together.

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