FamousVeggie.com's Celebrity Interview with
|1. I understand you have been a vegetarian since childhood. Is this
true? Were your parents influential in this decision?
| I was raised a vegetarian until I learned the benefits of
trading lunches at 8. I went back to it at 16, that time as an
independent decision. My parents have been vegetarians since before I
was born - my mom is a nutritionist and they decided it was the
healthiest thing to do.
2.How do you think parent's should bring up the subject of
vegetarianism to their children?
| I think, like any other issue, as long as a parent approaches
their child with respect and a willingness to discuss, it should fall
into place. The key is to make sure YOU are educated about how to
balance a diet - especially for babies. But once kids can make their
own decisions, I think it's important to let them experiment. If your
convictions of vegetarianism are really that persuasive, they should
speak for themselves.
|3. Were you ever teased for being a vegetarian as a child?
|Not at all! I was raised in Northern California: a haven for
veggies. If anything, being a vegetarian but not being vegan was odd. I
get teased for it now, though. It's amazing how some people almost find
vegetarianism offensive - it threatens them in some way. I think the
popular perception of veggies is that we are militant, judgmental
extremists - which is just ridiculous.
|4. What are your thoughts on animal rights?
| Well, my thoughts are a little complicated. I have no problem with
the idea of something dying in order for me to live. I believe it is
perfectly natural to kill an animal for your own survival. Having said
that, I think there is a gross imbalance in the structure of the meat
and dairy industry - an imbalance founded upon reducing animals to
mechanisms within an economic system. My vegetarianism is based upon
the fact that ecologically, it makes no sense to put as much energy and
as many resources as we do into one pound of hamburger. The idea of
raising my own animals on my own terms for consumption someday doesn't
bother me at all.
5. Do you have any pets?
In my family, I grew up surrounded by animals (a pony, dogs,
turtle, cats, guinea pigs, etc,) and on my own I have 2 cats: Memphis
and December. I would love to have a dog, but I'm not a big fan of city
dogs - I'll wait until I have enough space to let him/her be a dog.
|6. I have heard you are an environmentalist. What do you think is the
biggest problem facing our planet these days?
|Overpopulation is undoubtedly the biggest factor I can think of
leading to our own destruction. But actually, I think if I could point
only to one thing it would have to be our cultural interpretation of
the earth. Simply our stark division between Wilderness and Culture is
a false one - our belief that the earth is something outside of (and
completely separable) from us.
|7. Is it important to you that someone you love and care
about(example:girlfriend) be a vegetarian?
| That's a tough question, because it just worked out that the
girl I've been dating for a while is a vegetarian. I wouldn't say it's
a requirement or anything, (I have dated non-veggies) but I guess it
would make things harder. The truth is: like minds attract, so even if
someone isn't a vegetarian, chances are they'll posses a similar
worldview, enough that it won't be an issue.
8. Do you know any other famous veggies?
9. Are you a junk food vegetarian or do you eat healthfood? What is a
typical meal like for Rider Strong?
Healthfood, definitely. Living in New York, I eat out a lot, which
isn't great, but it's hard to resist. I've already pegged the good
organic and veggie restaurants in the city, though. A typical meal
involves relating what I'm eating to everything else I've eaten (or
know I will eat) that day, to make sure I'm getting what I need.
Lately, for lunch, I've been going to this great little healthfood spot
and getting a tofu dog with everything on it, a protein shake, and
some veggie soup.
|10. What have you been up to since your Boy Meets World days?
| I'm going to school here in the city, studying English and
loving every minute. I produced and starred in a film with my brother
called Buck Naked Arson the summer after the show ended, and that's
been winning some festival awards, which is really exciting. I headed
up a pilot last season for UPN, but it didn't get picked up (I'm not
sure if I want to jump back into TV, anyway). And most recently I took
last semester off to go make a horror film.
|11. Anything new coming up in the future you'd like to tell us about?
(Movies,tv appearances, etc)
|Well, Cabin Fever, the movie I just made should be all finished
in a month or so, and we're pretty confident it'll be in theaters soon.
Buck Naked Arson should make it out to video and TV sometime this year.
|12. Anything else you'd like to say before you go?
|Thanks for the interview, and thanks for helping to spread a positive