Katharine McPhee Teams Up with Hans Zimmer on Web Series

Katharine McPhee
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McPhee, star of the recently canceled NBC series Smash and winner of American Idol in 2006, made an appearance on the True Blood red carpet. 

The actresses taped a segment for Zimmer's 'Pizza with an Icon' series discussing her work with the organization Malaria No More

Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Hollywood philanthropy consultant Bonnie Abaunza this week released the second installment of their Pizza With an Icon web series aimed at connecting teens with human rights activists.

The latest video, posted on YouTube, features a discussion with Katharine McPhee, who is active in Malaria No More's "Power of One" campaign — with the motto “one dollar saves one life." Drawing from her trips to Ghana and Burkina Faso, she is working to inspire teenagers to take action against one of the leading causes of death among the world’s children.

"It's such a tragedy that there are people dying from something that is so easy to cure," McPhee said.

The Pizza With an Icon series, which brings Los Angeles teens together for pizza parties and conversations with people who are making a difference in the world, was inspired by an evening Abaunza put together last year for school-aged kids to meet Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta. Upcoming episodes are slated to feature more Nobel laureates, as well as artists, scientists and athletes.

Meeting with the teens recently at Zimmer's Santa Monica studio, McPhee shared her experiences on handing out mosquito nets to mothers and children in Africa.

"It’s important for people to know that it’s not that hard to make a dent in a small part of the world that you may not necessarily even have any connection with," McPhee said.

Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund praised the actress for her dedication to the organization, which was co-founded by Peter Chernin. "She is truly engaged in the push to eliminate deaths from malaria," Edlund said. "She has made a huge impact, helping us to move toward achieving our goal of raising three million treatments in our first partner country."