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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Hollywood Celebrates Actresses With A Heart; Jennifer Garner & Eva Mendes Among Honorees

Oct. 1 2010, Published 9:16 a.m. ET

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Hollywood’s brightest stars united at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday for Variety's second annual Power of Women luncheon, the mid-day soiree that honors Tinseltown's most influential and charitable ladies.

The women honored included Jennifer Garner, Eva Mendes, Katie Holmes and Amy Adams, among others, and our Katie Krause caught up with several of them afterwards for their exclusive takes on the event and its meaning.

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"To be a woman is to be a part of a sisterhood," Garner, who does considerable work for Save The Children, told exclusively. "It's women working together that make things happen."

Garner explained to us why she funnels her efforts toward the Save The Children organization.

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"I grew up in rural America in West Virginia," Garner said. "I did not grow up in poverty, but I certainly was surrounded by children who were, and they've stuck with me all of my life and I feel like they got an unfair start."

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Eva Mendes discussed her charity The Art of Elysium, and the positive impact she's going for with it.

"Art of Elysium is an amazing organization," Mendes said. "What we do is we go into hospitals, we work with children who are confined to hospitals and are battling serious illnesses and we bring art therapy to them.”

Gorgeous Kerry Washington said she was on hand to support her fellow actresses because "it's really important to be celebrating women who are doing fantastic work to make the world a better place.

"I'm excited that we get to celebrate all of these actresses," she said.

While the Hollywood heavyweights were supporting different charitable causes, they all agreed on one thing: each woman said their mother was the lady they most admired.

"She's gone through so much in her life and hardships upon hardships and crazy, crazy things," Maria Menounos told us. "She doesn't complain, she doesn't dwell on it... she is just really inspiring to me."



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