Daniella Monet on Her Plant-Based Life, Ariana Grande & Kinder Beauty

 

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Before we delve into deeper topics, I wanted to ask you how it was reuniting with your fellow cast members from Victorious for Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video. Did you expect it to be as big of a pop culture moment as it ended up being when you were asked to be in it? It broke the record for the video with most views in a single day, with a staggering 55 million plays in its first 24 hours.
It was so much fun. It was sort of like a very casual thing. Ari just texted me with a voice note saying “I am shooting this music video, and I want you to be in it. Are you free?” I was like, “Yeah, that’s fine.” I had no idea—I mean obviously all of her videos are amazing and very well-produced, but I just didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. It was super cool to see everyone and a lot of other familiar faces that I grew up watching. So the whole experience was extremely memorable, that is for sure.

Speaking of Victorious, how do you feel about acting right now?
I feel good about acting; it is something I have done since I was a kid. I grew up in Los Angeles, so it kind of started as a thing I did when my friends went to dance or soccer practice; I would shoot a commercial. It has been a big part of my life, but it isn’t my whole life, and that’s why I am sort of trying to switch things up. Because as much as I love acting, you don’t have a ton of control over the outcome, so I am very particular. I do half hour sitcoms a lot; that’s my forte. I am just waiting for that right project comes along; until then, I have these little side projects that are keeping me busy.

You said you want to have more control or have something that feels right. Would you be interested in writing or directing?
Sure, I have definitely pitched ideas before, and I am looking to do that again in the near future. I produced a small little show for Facebook called D Takes Your V Card that I shot all on my own. It was cool, and a very new experience for me. I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I was so used to being on the other side of the camera that the entire production process was a lot for me to handle. Now I know when I decide to pitch a new show, I would like to have a well-equipped team.

What inspired you to make the switch to a plant-based lifestyle when you were a teenager? How did you keep that up?
When I was about 5, I went to a dude ranch, and I saw them viciously abuse animals for a rodeo. Later that day, we had dinner where they served steaks and talked about the process of getting it on the table. Long story short, I put two and two together and didn’t want to eat animals moving forward. I grew up in an Italian family, and a lot of people doubted my decision, thinking I would be malnourished. Then they tried to sneak meat in my food, and it really made me sick to my gut—no pun intended. Shortly after that, I was around 10 when my uncle was diagnosed with cancer, and my aunt was trying to take as many approaches as she could. Someone said he needs to go vegan, and no one really knew what that entailed. So, my aunt had a chef come over to the house, and she let me watch and learn. From that point on, I started catering to that lifestyle, and I read a book called Skinny Bitch in 6th grade that sealed the deal. I knew that this was my passion—I loved animals, I wanted to eat healthy, and I wanted to influence my family.

Your story is truly inspiring. You are working on a vegan, cruelty-free beauty subscription box, Kinder Beauty. Where did this idea originate?
Being vegan lends itself to all the different aspects of your life, and I think initially, it was mainly about my diet, but then I started learning more about what goes on in the beauty industry. I was really disturbed by it because as an actress I don’t always have a lot of control over what they are using on my face, so I wanted to take a stance and make it easier to be cruelty-free. Teaming up with Evanna Lynch was the perfect fit because she is an actress as well, but she is also a strong advocate and activist for animals. We decided that we wanted to develop a box at a price point that was accessible and loaded with the tools that we have been looking for, without any of the accompanying work, because I think that was what was so tricky about making the switch to a vegan lifestyle. A lot of people get stuck on the little hurdles along the way, and my goal as an entrepreneur is to only invest in companies that are taking that guest work away and making everything accessible, approachable, delicious and easy.

When you look at the beauty industry and all the non-cruelty-free products being marketed, what crosses your mind? Is the industry moving in the right direction?
Unfortunately, we are still trying to pass the right legislation, but it is going to take a lot of time. I know California is working on that, but it is not going to take effect for another year or two. And then you would hope that the new legislation would have its own ripple effect across the United States. I know some other countries are taking a stance and going more cruelty-free, but there are still a lot of practices that are just stuck in their ways, and I believe that the only way to force these businesses to change is to have the consumers put their money where they feel is right. And then eventually they will know that they have no choice but to make these necessary changes.

You also broke into the food industry recently with your brand of chips. What was the inspiration behind Pig Out Chips?
About three and a half years ago, I teamed up with a chef friend of mine. I worked at a vegan restaurant before Victorious. There, I became really close to the chef, Dave Anderson, and when he decided to start something new, he reached out and asked if I would be interested and we sat down with our CEO of Outstanding Foods, Bill Glaser at this point. He is brilliant—he has developed a lot of companies, and he is also a huge animal advocate and a vegan of 30 years. Originally we were thinking about going into the restaurant business, but then we all agreed that getting a product to the masses would solve so many problems with people feeling like there are not enough vegan options. Chef Dave is one of the most gifted vegan chefs I have ever experienced food from. The idea was to develop a food company that can expand over time and become your main household food brand. I guess we started with the chips because people really love bacon, so we wanted to make a vegan bacon chip that people would drool over, and it looks like we have done just that.

What are your other plans with Outstanding Foods, and are you going to do more chips?
I personally have my own ideas of where we should go, but I think on a broader note I just want to cover every single avenue of food that we can imagine. One of the trickier things for a lot of people to give up is dairy. Chef Dave’s cheeses and dairy-free spreads are jaw dropping good, so I think there is a lot of room to expand there. He is actually one of the chefs that helped curate the Beyond Meat burger. He has been in the game for a long time, and he is so skilled that we are excited to be a family and see where this goes.

I didn’t know he was behind Beyond Meat, too!
He is legit. He is like a name that is so humble. I mean I don’t really hang out with a lot of chefs, but you get around him, and he is the sweetest, most down to earth guy.

Do you ever have food cravings, or any favorite vegan snacks—other than your own chips, of course?
You know, in terms of cravings, I do not know if it is my roots or what, but I could eat you under the table in pasta, it is just I always go to. Can’t say no to that. We make a lot of Mexican inspired dishes because it is easy and it weirdly hits the spot all the time. I hate admitting this because I am vegan, but I eat so much salad, and people give me a really hard time for it, but I crave it. It is just a part of my life. I have to have a salad a day, and then the rest is just cravings.

You also have a new Sugar Taco venture in Los Angeles, how is that coming along?
It is going to be pretty awesome. We have a really powerful group of women behind that project, and the hope is to expand quickly and reach as many people and mouths as possible. They have a lot of great missions in place. For instance, if you buy a taco, we will feed a kid in poverty a vegan meal. Also, for every meal purchased, a tree will be planted. So there is just something different about this restaurant. Everyone who goes there is obviously going make an impact by not participating in this animal agriculture industry, but also on top of that, they are making a bigger impact on the ground with feeding children, planting trees and creating a community.

Why vegan meals for malnourished children?
I didn’t come up with that idea personally, our founder did. I talked to people who do this one for one mission, and I found out that the people in poverty were getting food replacements instead of meals. So it is supposed to keep you alive, but in essence, it really is not the healthiest thing for a person and not the best experience. The reason why Jade, our founder, decided to give a vegan meal particularly is just that it is a healthy option. It is going to be a balanced meal, provided in collaboration with Food for Life. So it is trying to be mindful of the human that they are feeding and not just trying to pull a publicity stunt without supplying nourishing, healthy meals to children around the world but also in the US.

At BELLA we believe in the idea that beauty is defined by each person. So what is beauty to you, and how do you stay beautiful as you are, inside and out?
I think being beautiful really comes from being confident and knowing what your purpose is. And that to me is a beautiful thing because without that you find yourself sort of seeking answers and there is something pretty beautiful about someone who is confident and knows what they are here to do and is going to do just that.

Do you have beauty tips, secrets you want to share?
Yes, so, on a more superficial level people always ask about my skincare routine, and it is actually pretty simple—except for the fact that I am loaded with amazing products working with Kinder Beauty. Prior to that, I really believe in using aloe on your skin as a daily refresher and moisturizer, and it is not too moisturizing that you can’t wear it all day. I think that is something everyone should have. Obviously, it is really good for cuts and wounds, but think about it, if it can heal a wound, then you should be putting that stuff all over your freaking body, right? So as a quick little tip, keep that stuff on hand.

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