You’ve said you want to accompany The HSUS to the Canadian ice floes, where the Protect Seals team documents the hunt each year. What compelled that desire?
I think as a — I hate even using this — as a “celebrity,” people think we say a few things, and then that’s it, and we put it to bed. I need to show my fans, and people that agree with me and disagree with me, that I’m willing to go out there. I want to see it face to face. I’m not just saying that I believe in this campaign, and I want the hunt to end, and blah, blah, blah. I want to go there, so I can show them, “No, I was there. These are my own pictures. This is what happened, this is what I saw and this is what I believe in.”
How did you get started in animal advocacy work?
I’ve always loved animals. As a kid we had dogs. But my passion got very strong maybe eight years ago when I rescued my first dog [a pit bull named Norman].
I went to a rescue. And he walked in, and he jumped up on me and almost pushed me over. It was love at first sight. I don’t know what happened that day, but I became this pit bull lover. Now we actually have three, and I love them more than life itself. I think they’re absolutely amazing, and I want to promote rescue as much as possible. I walk into these shelters, and there’s thousands and thousands—and most of them are pit bulls that need rescue. It’s just become a big passion of mine, and it will be for the rest of my life.
Do animal issues ever get discussed on set?
Everyone that I work with knows how I feel about animals. Even this day that I was obsessed with the seal hunt, I was literally in the corner at work, and they’re like, “What’s going on?” I’m like, “seal hunt.” I was obsessed. And we’ve got a ton of animal lovers at work, but I think the biggest conversations and wars I have seem to be on Twitter, so bring it at me.
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