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Actress Judd Works for Peace Corps

April 10, 1999 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ashley Judd took a break from the glamor of movie stardom to live out her longtime dream to become a Peace Corps volunteer.

The actress with credits including ``Heat″ and ``Kiss the Girls″ spent a week in a remote Amazon jungle village in Surinam, where she lived without electricity and running water.

``I woke up once during the night to go to the bathroom,″ Judd says in the May issue of Marie Claire magazine. ``Using facilities outside was not an uncomfortable adjustment for me. I grew up using an outhouse whenever I visited my great aunt and uncle on their farm.″


The Hollywood beauty enjoyed her time among the friendly residents of Asawai on the banks of the piranha-filled Saramacca River, and didn’t have too many difficulties with local wildlife.

``I’m not intimidated by nature and I found nothing fearsome, despite the jungle’s reputation,″ she said. ``The only encounter I had was being chased back to the hut by a mosquito which seemed to be the size of my hand.″