Here at Ecorazzi we think Persia White is pretty damn cool. An actress and musician, you can always rely on Persia to pepper each project with creativity and compassion.
Besides the fact that she’s vegan (which is the like greenest thing ever), Persia lives a super eco life. We recently sat down with the star to discuss her latest endeavors. Check out the interview below!
Ecorazzi: Hey there! So tell me all about your new play Fernando.
Persia White: Fernando is a very dark comedy about art, sex, love and death. It was written by Steven Haworth and directed by Charles Otte. The amazingly talented Bjorn Johnson and I carry the show through all it’s twists, turns and sharp edges. It’s a wonderful new play and I’m so excited to be a part of it!
E: You’re one of my favorite celebrity vegans. Have you found it challenging to be so ethically motivated in your career?
PW: In life it’s always a bit of a challenge to be ethically motivated, and it’s not very different in this career. In the play I use all fake leather and no animal products on my face, hair or body. It’s up to me to put in the effort in life to make the most compassionate impact on the world around me without being rude or inconsiderate to others.
E: Besides rocking a plant-based diet, in what other ways do you consider yourself green?
PW: Well, I carry re-usable shopping bags to the store with me. I make sure to bring a cup to the stage or set so I don’t use plastic bottles. Oh, and I also have a bag I carry around in the event I have some plastic I can save to recycle when I get home.
E: I love running into you at events! What are some organizations you love to support?
E: What plans do you have after Fernando? Where can we see you next?
PW: I’m most excited about my solo album! It will be available on OCT 7th. I’m also a painter, so I’ll be doing a gallery showing in LA combined with a record release party!
As far as acting: I just did 2 indie films. One was called Spoken Word and featured Kuno Becker and Ruben Blades. The other was Stand Off and also starred Darrin Henson and Regan Gomez. And at the end of August I’m working on a new feature film called Disciple.
E: Now I always end with the same question for all the famous vegetarians I interview. If you had the chance to meet one person who you’ve found specifically instrumental in the vegetarian community – dead or alive, past or present – who would it be and why?
PW: Alice Walker! She’s an amazing humanitarian and human rights advocate and has opposed the eating of animals for some time now. A brilliant woman and ahead of her time! I would love to share thoughts and ideas on how to help bring compassion and truth into the hearts of humankind.
A big thanks to Persia for taking the time to say hello. Don’t forget, you can see Persia in the Open Fist’s production of Fernando until the 15th of August. Visit OpenFist.org to find out more!