Friday, May 6, 2011

This Week's Inspirational Pop Culture Moment

Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC

'The Middle' Star Won't Toot Her Own Horn

Eden Sher plays the awkward teenage daughter Sue on the ABC sitcom The Middle. Charlie McDermott plays Axl her older, athletic brother. And while the two characters don’t always see eye to eye on the series it seemed in a recent exclusive interview that the pair actually get along great. In fact at one point Charlie joked, "We're the only friends that we have."

On The Middle Sue Heck is what you might call an underachieving overachiever. She is constantly trying to join school clubs and organizations but repeatedly fails. This eternal optimism is a trait that Sue shares with Eden in real life. Off camera, the young actress is very involved in charitable work. We asked her about her efforts with Al Campo International. She described it saying, "It is an organization working in Central America. They take a group of 15- to 18-year-olds and they teach you about sustainable agriculture and sustainable irrigation systems and you live with a host family for a month. And you do awesome work and you learn Spanish and have a jolly old time… and you surf."

She seemed slightly reticent to talk about the charity, but she did state, "I'm saying this solely to promote it, because I think it's an awesome organization and I think kids across the country should totally do this."

We discovered that it's not that Eden didn’t want to promote Al Campo International, it’s more that she doesn’t like to toot her own horn. Charlie clarified, "Most child actors that I know that do charity… they do it for publicity and for attention. And Eden tries to keep her stuff under wraps as much as possible. She doesn’t really like to talk about her stuff. She does it for real reasons, which is good. It's not for any publicity or anything like that. She actually cares about the organizations and did it before she was in any type of public eye. It's something she's been doing for a long time."

To find out more about Al Campo International visit their website.

Watch The Middle on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Cental on ABC.

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