EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Celebs Shop For A Cause and Reveal Their Oscar Night Plans Backstage at the Independent Spirit Awards

Mar. 5 2010, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email got a backstage pass to Shop for a Cause at the official gifting lounge for the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.

Hollywood's hottest stars helped raise money for Project: Involve, Film Independent’s signature diversity program, at the 25th anniversary of the Spirit Awards while grabbing goodies, including a year’s worth of FAGE Yogurt, an LG Electronics Kompressor Vacuum, AMC Signature Pass (for a year of free movies!), Blessed & Cursed Luxury Denim, FLIP Video MinoHD Camcorder, Crunch gym membership, The Body Shop bath essentials and much more.

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But this wasn’t your ordinary gift lounge-- for every celebrity who stopped by the FAGE Total Yogurt Bar the company made a significant contribution to Project Involve! And for every celebrity presenter, performer and nominee who took on their own “charitable chore” during the Live Arrivals Show, LG Electronics made an additional donation to the organization.

Olivia Wilde stopped by the lounge because the proceeds would be going to a good cause.

“If you can shop and at the same time donate it to a great charity than it’s that much more satisfying. It’s real cool. They have a lot of great stuff here!” she said.

Among the freebies she picked up—an AMC movie pass.

“I can go to the movies all day every day. I want to see everything. I haven’t seen a lot of the Oscar nominated movies!” she admitted.

Speaking of Oscar Sunday, she’ll be getting all dressed up for one place to go-- the Vanity Fair party.

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“After years of going to every party I’ve decided that one can only handle so much,” said Wilde.

And for the girl who always makes a red carpet fashion statement, you can be assured Sunday night will be no exception.

“I do have a dress. It’s very different for me and it’s colorful. You have to take the dress that doesn’t make it look like you think your nominated or that you’re a part of the Oscars,” she revealed. “You’re just here to party and celebrate. It’s tricky!”

After being nominated last year for Best Supporting Actress, Taraji P. Henson can’t wait to kick up her feet – in her pajamas!

“I am on my sofa with my fluffy bear feet and my flannel pajamas with a log on the fireplace and a nice glass of merlot,” she said.

Henson joined other celebs like Vera Farmiga, Jeff Bridges, Jeremy Renner, Matt Dillon and Gabourey Sidibe, all of whom browsed backstage.

“The Indie Spirits, they have the best gift suite. And it’s not a lot of drama. Some gifting lounges can be a little cutthroat,” she joked. “Fighting and elbow in the side. Are we at Marshall’s or a gifting suite? Everything’s free!”

And food was the only thing on Hensen’s shopping agenda for the evening.

“The FAGE yogurt is my favorite. I love food. They’re like, ‘It’s the best yogurt on the planet!’ And it’s free for a year! I’m excited.”

And The Hangover’s Ken Jeong was only there to clean house—literally!

“I have two passions—acting and cleaning. I can’t wait to use it,” he said of his new LG vacuum he tested out. “We’re having a blast! This is the first gifting lounge we’ve ever been to!”



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