Model-turned-actress Tyra Banks
may be one of the busiest performers around, but she hasn't forgotten the little people literally
. The Victoria's Secret beauty who, in addition to taking part in next week's celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire
, is in the midst of a recurring stint on the WB's Felicity
has teamed up with Angel Soft bath tissue to honor five young heroines with "Angels in Action" awards.
The girls, ranging in age from 4 to 12, have performed heroic acts that helped themselves, their families or their communities. "They are all so sweet," Banks tells TV Guide Online. "They are all so wonderful and very [unique] with everything that they have done."
So inspired was Banks by the honorees (including one girl who helped start a campaign to help the homeless) that she has formed T-Zone, an organization that will host a self-esteem-building summer camp for teen girls.
Banks must be feeling pretty good about herself these days. Besides the success of her rowdy summer chick-flick, Coyote Ugly, she managed to land a gig on one of her favorite television shows, Felicity. Her first of a handful of episodes aired last night.
"It has been one of the best acting gigs I have ever done," says Banks, who plays a serious dance student who gets involved with Noel (Scott Foley). "I am just so happy on that set... So comfortable. And I've learned so much."
Among those playing mentor to her was Foley. "I love Scott," she says. "And technically speaking, Scott's teaching me constantly about different angles. I just love it."