11/14/2008 at 01:00 PM EST
It's a long way from his native Minnesota, but Josh Hartnett
says he wants to do charity work with children in Africa.
"I want to go down there and actually help out," the actor, 30, said at a London event for Dramatic Need, a group that sends volunteers to Africa to teach art, film, dance and photography, Britain's Press Association reports.
"It's fun for an actor to be able to do something that's not for publicity, but actually go down and do something hands-on," he said.
Hartnett, currently starring in the London stage adaptation of Rain Main
, said of Dramatic Need's volunteer program, "It allows [children] to be creative and have a good time for a little portion of their day, which I think is necessary."
Hartnett, who has been romantically linked to Sienna Miller
and Scarlett Johansson
in the past, has not set a date for his Africa trip.
Who's your Favorite Star Under 35? PEOPLE.com and the People's Choice Awards are counting your votes! Click here to vote now!