Ed Begley, Jr.: Actor and environmentalist.
Can you tell us what kind of car you drive? How long have you had it?
And does it require more or less maintenance than a gas-guzzling car?
I drive the EV-1, from General Motors. It requires very little
maintainance....all of it paid for by GM.
When did you switch to a vegan diet and what prompted the change?
I became a vegan in 1970, but it was too hard back then, filming on distant
locations, etc. I strayed for a while, but never ate red meat, of course.
I became a full vegan again in 1992, and haven't looked back.
How did your friends and family react to your shift towards environmentalism?
I was met with some sketicism, but lately a lot of folks are interested, with
gas prices so high and a lot of attention focused on global climate change.
What advice do you have for families to help them make an environmental
impact in their own community and daily lives?
Change your transportation mode as much as you can. Ride a bike, take public
And, of course, eat vegan.
What are some of your favorite vegan foods and/or favorite vegan
restaurants in town?
I eat at "Real Food Daily" and "Newsroom" when I'm on the other side of the
hill, but in the valley, I like "Leonore's" on Moorpark and Whitset in Studio
But, mostly I cook vegan at home.
Do you get an opportunity to talk to children about the environment? If
so, how do they generally react to all you have to tell them?
Thay are always facinated by the electric car, the solar panels, the whole
I often give tours to students.
How fast does your car go and how often does it need to be recharged?
It has a governor that keeps it down to 80mph. Without that, it has been
clocked at 193mph. It takes 2-4 hours to recharge, depending on how far down
the batteries are.
Do you think the people of Earth will adopt a more environmentally
friendly approach to living before it's too late to save the planet and its
Yes. I am quite hopeful.
Who are some of the people you feel are making a real difference in the
Paul Hawken, Andy Lipkis, John Robbins, Ralph Nader, to name but a few.
What's in store for Ed Begley, Jr. in the next 10 years? What can we
I am quite busy raising my 10 month old baby girl. That's a full time job.