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Five Celebrity Moonlighters - When Side-Jobs go Right

Angelina Jolie

Last week, news surfaced that the partnership between Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam had come to an abrupt end after she signed up to become the ambassador of SodaStream, a brand which operates in an occupied area near East Jerusalem. Oxfam were quoted as saying that they had had ‘a fundamental difference of opinion’, and Johansson stepped down from her role of Global Ambassador, leaving her career as a charity worker cut short.

Celebrity endorsements and second-jobs don’t always end in tears, though - we’ve put together a list of our five favourite celebrities putting in the hours and making their part-time jobs a full-time success.

The Activist

Leonardo DiCaprio is probably best known for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters, and has been setting the screen alight with fantastic roles since the early nineties, but he also spends a lot of time campaigning for environmental justice and animal welfare. He is the founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a charity which works on pressing environmental and humanitarian issues through campaigning and media projects, and also serves on the board of the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Global Green USA.

For more information, check out Leonardo DiCaprio’s website which has extensive details on projects undertaken by the LDF.

The Foodie

With a day job more concerned with diets than food, model Sophie Dahl is famous mostly for gracing the pages of some of the world’s finest fashion magazines and appearing on catwalks around the world. The daughter of famous author Roald Dahl has taken something of a career diversion over the last few years, however, with the publication of several cookbooks, a 2010 television show and a dedicated section on the BBC Food website. Her website, At The Kitchen Table, is a delicious mix of recipes, fashion, beauty and writing, and according to Dahl herself is a ‘place of connection and comfort.’

For more details, check out At The Kitchen Table, or for further information on her books click here.

The Fashion Designer

Hollywood hell-raiser Nicole Richie used to be famous for two things: being the daughter of crooner Lionel Richie, and being heiress Paris Hilton’s best friend. After shooting to fame in the popular reality television series, The Simple Life, she moved on to charity work, writing a semi-autobiographical novel and finally debuting her fashion line House of Harlow 1960. What started as a jewellery and accessories retail adventure soon gathered pace, and has since been extended to  clothing and shoes; worn by celebrities all over the world, the bohemian-styled label has been hailed as a success, and is now stocked at a variety of boutiques and stores all over the world.

For more information, head to the House of Harlow 1960 website.

The Restauranteur 

More known for her lengthy film career, actress Sandra Bullock has been appearing in films since she shot to fame in action blockbuster Speed, but as well as learning lines, she’s also a keen foodie. As well as owning eclectic bistro Bess Bistro on Pecan in Austin, Texas, which serves up delights such as croquet monsieur, scallops, gumbo and a variety of steaks, Bullock is also the woman behind the wonderful Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a florist, deli and bakery that stocks meats, cheeses, daily bread and an array of bouquets.

For more information, head to the websites of Bess Bistro on Pecan or Walton’s Fancy and Staple.

The Humanitarian

One half of the world’s most photographed celebrity couples, and famous for being one of the most beautiful women on the silver screen, Angelina Jolie has had her fair share of column inches written about her. But as well as starring alongside household names such as husband Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, she also dedicates much of her time to charity and humanitarian work; after travelling widely to support disaster relief and conservation, she set up the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation which aims to work on conservation in Cambodia, and was awarded a Global Humanitarian Award by the UN in 2005. After over ten years as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she was appointed as Special Envoy in 2012 as a recognition for her years of dedicated service.

For further details of Angelina’s work, head to the UN Refugee Agency Website.

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