More of Patricia’s social media images have been added to the gallery.
Event images and a photo session that Patricia was photographed in for her new film, have been uploaded to the gallery.
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Screen captures and more of Patricia from the film are now in the gallery. Unfortunately, the video quality was not so good for the film. But there are still some good captures of her.
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17 RACHEL VS PATRICIA
One of the most famous scenes in the entire Mummy franchise is the fight scene between Rachel Weisz and Patricia Velásquez in The Mummy Returns. It is a thrilling and well-choreographed fight between the two women that is a joy to watch simply as a cool action set piece.
As it happens, it actually is between those two women. While it would’ve been easy to let stunt performers do the heavy lifting as the characters are in masks for much of the fight, Weisz and Velásquez instead opted to spend a grueling five months training for just that one battle in order to do it themselves.
Source and full article: Screenrant.com
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The average Venezuelan lost 17 pounds last year. So many people have fled their homes amid severe food shortages that Venezuela now suffers from the second-worst refugee crisis in the world after Syria. And a breakdown in health care has led HIV rates, amid other scourges, to reach epidemic proportions, up to 15% of the population in some communities in the northeast.
These are the statistics Venezuelan actress and supermodel Patricia Velásquez rattles off during a recent phone conversation about the crisis—which has seen people standing in line for hours at the grocery store for a bag of flour or a bar of soap.
“As a Venezuelan, I never thought I would see this. But people get used to it, people get used to the scarcity,” says Velásquez, who founded the Wayúu Tayá Foundation in 2002, a charity that builds and staffs elementary schools in one of the country’s poorest communities.
These days, she’s consumed with thoughts of how to expand her reach.
“The whole work that we’ve done was for now,” says Velásquez, whose charity aids the indigenous Wayúu people, who live along the border with Colombia. “There’s no food, there’s no medicine, all of the basic things. But our schools have become bubbles for these women and children.”
Velásquez, 47, who has 12 brothers and sisters, is herself Wayúu, though she spent her childhood moving around with her teacher parents, including living abroad in Mexico and France. She left as a young woman to pursue a modeling career and now lives in Los Angeles.
Long before the country-wide crisis, Velásquez began addressing rampant starvation and malnutrition among the Wayúu children by opening schools where they would get one or two square meals per day. The foundation expanded to offer traveling health clinics as well as a platform for Wayúu women to sell traditional woven bags.
Today’s nationwide crisis has brought new problems to the country’s poor indigenous populations. Young people—even children 12 or 13—find work as mules trafficking contraband or basic food stuff from Colombia to Venezuela. Some girls enter prostitution. Other children make a living simply standing for six or seven hours in the long lines for others at the supermarket.
“They stand on line for you. That has become the main source of income for these kids,” Velásquez says. “They make more money than if they had any regular job, not that there are jobs anyway.”
The Mummy and Arrested Development actress-turned-do-gooder is now hoping to raise roughly $100,000 to begin expanding Wayúu schooling to ninth grade. Vocational middle schools would give young people a skill that would keep some from turning to the black market economy, she says. “What if we give them the tools to make a living?”
She plans to start building the first school this summer to have it ready for 200 students in September. The $100,000 encompasses the cost of the land, construction and any equipment the school would need. These days, she’s playing with the idea of teaching the teenagers carpentry or a trade of that sort, she says.
Her connections in the entertainment business have helped her amplify the plight in Venezuela. In the past, her donors have included HBO and Katie Ford, former chief executive of Ford Models.
She said she loves her work with the foundation and has a great sense of gratitude despite Venezuela’s desperate situation.
“People say you’ve changed thousands of lives, and I say, ‘No they changed us,’” she says.
“When I do what I love, time does not exist. … It fills your heart so much.”