US actress Parker hails EU as example for America
U.S. actress Sarah Jessica Parker, left, and Scottish actor Gerard Butler are interviewed by the Associated Press, ahead of hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded the prize to the European Union for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, despite being in the midst of its biggest crisis since the bloc was created in the 1950's. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
OSLO, Norway (AP) — American actress Sarah Jessica Parker praised the EU on Tuesday for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for pacifying Europe and uniting its different cultures after World War II, and she said the bloc should serve as an example to the United States, given the divisions its recent elections have brought to the surface.
Parker said that while it might be controversial to have awarded the 27-nation EU the prestigious award as it struggles with a financial crisis that is causing hardship to many, it is "a terrific blueprint for us," and one the U.S. should learn from.
"I don't know how we can't," she said in an interview before the Nobel Concert she is hosting with Scottish actor Gerard Butler. "It is also a story that we are trying to tell in our country. We are trying to say to one another: We are different. We are a divided nation, but our goals in many ways are the same.
U.S. actress Sarah Jessica Parker gestures, as she has an interview with the Associated Press ahead of hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded the prize to the European Union for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, despite being in the midst of its biggest crisis since the bloc was created in the 1950's. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
"We have had two elections that have been really painful for our country."
Not everyone approved the decision to give the prize to the EU, which was created 60 years ago as Europe was struggling to recover from a war that killed millions of people. Three Peace Prize laureates — South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina — said the bloc should not receive the $1.2 million in Peace Prize money because it relies on military force to ensure security.
Parker, known from the television comedy-drama "Sex and the City," said her parents were peace activists and she remembers attending anti-war rallies at an early age. She said visiting Oslo held a special significance for her since she wanted to see the table around which the decisions are made on awarding the Peace Prize.