Talking to Chevy Chase About Veganism

On Saturday, March 24th, Brad and I were given the opportunity to go as press to the first ever Film Con Hollywood 2018! There were many panels, keynote speakers, and a sponsor room. The panels were on topics about screenwriting, directing, acting, and other creative careers within the film industry. Through the course of the day I interviewed different people who made this event possible, including Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Community) and Jillian Bell (Emmy nominated actress, 22 Jumpstreet, Splash, Eastbound & Down). If these two stars weren’t able to come to this amazing event, I doubt as many people would have been there, and it wouldn’t have gotten as much coverage by different websites and publications. I don’t mean to say that the event wasn’t good; it was great! I just know that because this was their first year, not as many people would have come if they didn’t see that Chevy Chase and Jillian Bell were going to be there. I was able to talk to both of them about animals and veganism, but in this article I’ll just focus on Chevy Chase.

An Interview with Chevy Chase

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Chevy Chase; Photo: Brad Bethell Photography

When Chevy first came in the room, my heart started pounding and I was immediately nervous. I was told to wait for him on the red carpet, so I went and stood in front of the step and repeat, under the bright, sweat inducing lights. When he came over, I shook his hand, and he was confused as to why I was introducing myself. He said, “Are you going to be in the picture?” with a puzzled look on his face. I cracked up because that is what I do when I’m super nervous. I had just met Chevy Chase, and I was about to interview him. I’m allowed to be nervous, okay.

Once the photographers had exhausted the amount of standing he wanted to do, he sat down next to me in another director’s chair, like my own. As he sat down, Brad asked if it was okay if he just took some still shots while he was being interviewed. Chevy messed with him saying, “No, its not okay,” in such a serious tone, no one knew if he was joking. He, of course, said, “No, its fine.” Still in a serious sounding tone.

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Chevy Chase, Allyson DeFoor; Photo: Brad Bethell Photography

ALLYSON: So, I run a blog called Ally’s Vegan Vibes, and I’m just going to ask you some questions about animals.

CHEVY: What? Animals? Okay…

A: What are your thoughts on how animals are treated in animal agriculture?

C: It’s really how they treat me that matters. Most animals love me. Of they’re treated where?

A: In animal agriculture. Like factory farms, and stuff.

C: Oh, I don’t know much about that, but it’s horrible. I mean I’ve seen video or a film of these places, and its not much of a life. On the other hand, I guess we have to remember that they’re certainly not aware of having a longer life or not a longer life in terms of any real intellect. But really, its just horrible because its just one after the other, after the other, and they kill so many. And, you know, this is what we eat, so its okay, if we eat it, I suppose. If you just kill enough for us to eat. I don’t know what else to say about that. [SIDE NOTE: I DIDN’T BRING UP THAT LAST PART TO HIM BECAUSE OF WHAT HE SAID NEXT.]

A: Okay, so have you ever considered a plant-based lifestyle or vegan lifestyle, at all?

C: Yes! Yes, I am that way now.

A: Oh, that’s awesome! So, what made you decide to go vegan?

C: Health.

A:Yes, that’s awesome. Did you watch a documentary, or anything?

C: No, and I might eat a little meat once in a while—chicken, no feathers.

A: Did you know that there is a brand called Gardein that is a vegan meat brand?

C: No. I don’t like the idea of vegan meat. That’s very strange. “You know there’s a place you can get meaty vegetables.” I mean, it just doesn’t go together. Vegan meat.

A: It’s actually really good. They get the texture—

C: Oh, you mean its a pretend meat.

A: Yes.

C: Oh, I can’t live with that.

A: Okay, well I hope you have a good rest of your night.

C: If its anything like this, it will be wonderful.

Well, that was my interview with Chevy Chase.

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Chevy Chase, Allyson DeFoor; Photo: Brad Bethell Photography

He was so comical to interview, and if I get the chance to do it again, I definitely will. I didn’t have much time to interview him, so I didn’t get to ask as much as I would’ve liked.

After the interview, I gave him my card, telling him that I’m a vegan health coach, so if he ever needs anything, I can help him. He just said, “Oh, my wife knows what to do.” That gives me the assumption that his wife is the one who got him to change his diet for his health. Compared to his photo in IMDB, he has definitely lost weight. I don’t know when started eating more plant-based, but I hope he sticks with it, and tries Gardein Chick’n!

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