The "A Night Out With" feature in yesterday's New York Times featured famous vegan actress Alicia Silverstone, who's appearing in "Time Stands Still" on Broadway.
Instead of the usual boite or bowling alley, the star of 1995's "Clueless" dragged the reporter and her friends out for organic, vegan food at Candle 79 - and proceeded to talk about how going vegan changed her life (Before, she was constipated and asthmatic, and did movies like "The Crush" and "Scooby-Doo 2. After, she felt like new, and wrote a vegan cookbook called "The Kind Diet").
“At one point I looked at my dog, who was my best friend, and I thought, If I’m not going to eat you, then how can I eat these other creatures who have the same capacity for love and joy?” she recalled. “The karma of turning vegan is amazing. And then to get this sudden weight loss, and my skin is glowing and my nails are strong and my eyes are white — it was wonderful.”
[As Dharma says, "The compassion has to extend beyond the pets."]
Ms. Silverstone stays up late cooking or working on her “Kind Diet” Web site. She is also returning to movies as a 200-year-old vampire in a comedy by Amy Heckerling, the director of “Clueless.”
“I have so much energy these days, so much more than I did when I was 19 and had bags under my eyes,” she said. “Once the sludge was removed from me, I felt my body soften and open, and I felt awake and alert and inspired and turned on. The way I live and eat now, it’s changed me as an actress — totally.”
How heartening it is when they use their platform for good.
Read the rest here.