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Actress Pauley Perrette on Project Angel Food & LGBT Rights

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You may know the name Pauley Perrette, especially if you watch CBS primetime time. Pauley has been portraying the attractive, yet spunky character Abby Scuito on "NCIS," opposite Mark Harmon for 11 seasons. Pauley was voted the "most popular actress in US primetime television" in 2011 by Q Score.

In real life Pauley is known for her down to earth demeanor and playful energy that translates beautifully into all the charitable work she does for organizations like Project Angel Food and the American Red Cross.

Actress Pauley Perrette on Project Angel Food & LGBT Rights

It was at a recent fundraiser for one of Pauley's favorite organizations, the LA-based Project Angel Food - a charity that delivers daily meals to patents fighting Aids, that I got a moment to chat with her about her charity work.

Justin Howard - What got you involved with Project Angel Food?

Pauley Perrette - I work with over 30 charities, so I tend to be a magnet for them. But a friend of mine told me about this place and not only I am an advocate for everything that has to do with Aids research and LGBT activism. What is so perfect about Project Angel Food are the services they provide - food and company - to people that are house bound, that are sick, that have cancer and Aids. I have always found it so amazing that there is so much stigma around Aids and HIV because you just don't blame people for being sick.

I started my charity work back in New York by being an activist around that. So I love that Project Angel Food provides such a hands-on, care taking approach.

Justin Howard - It seems like you have made it a second career to sponsor causes that you believe in.

Pauley Perrette - Yeah, that is what I do. I work and I work for charities. Not only do I love it, but I always think what else can I be doing that would be more fun and that is more important? Nothing. There is nothing else to do. That is why I do it.

You can watch Pauley Perrette on NCIS on CBS, check your local listings.

Follow Pauley Perrette on Twitter @PauleyP

To learn more about Project Angel Food and how you can make a difference, visit their website www.angelfood.org

Follow Project Angel Food on Twitter @ProjAngelFood

Follow Justin Howard, Culture Write @jthnomad

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