“I’ve always been an animal lover!” says the 31-year-old star.
“When I read about Zeus, an abused pig who’d been rescued from a fair and was at The Gentle Barn, it stuck with me.”
“I started by sponsoring Zeus for $30 a month. Then I visited the Barn, and my time there was transformative. Who says animals don’t have feelings? The ones at the Barn are clearly so happy. Animals and people are connected. We have to treat each other with compassion.”
“When I’m passionate about something, I have to take action. If we can’t make the world a better place, then why are we here? Even little things, like having one meatless meal a day, can make a huge difference.”
“In Hollywood, there’s this energy that nothing is good enough. You get a movie but not the one you wanted. You get a role but not the biggest. It’s draining and not who I am at my core. So I take time to go to places that ground me, like The Gentle Barn. Otherwise, I’d spin out.”
Her cause: The Gentle Barn The Gentle Barn rescues and rehabilitates abused or malnourished farm animals and offers programs for children.
How you can help: Sponsor an animal or volunteer to be a cow hugger (yes, that’s a real thing) atGentleBarn.org.