How do you tend to stay informed about everything that’s going on in our country?
Honestly, right now, you can’t really avoid it. If you do choose to avoid it, then you’re just choosing to, because it’s everywhere. You can’t go somewhere or go on Twitter or go on wherever without seeing this crazy stuff. This is the world that we’re living in, [and] you can’t really hide from it anymore. I think that is also a good thing because it forces us to address the issues, and it forces us to be active with the issues.
Also, I follow a lot of really cool—I guess you could say woke—people that are very active and know what’s going on. I like to stay updated. Even if sometimes the truth is hard to hear, I like to know what’s going on as much as I can, and social media kind of helps with that. Twitter has definitely been a place for people to really raise their voice and say that we see that this is going on. We’re not going to skip over that, we’re not going to pretend like it doesn’t exist. I’m going to tweet about it, and then you’re going to retweet it and retweet it and retweet it, and then the next thing you know, it’s trending.
Why did you feel that it was important for you to be speaking out about these issues?
I think that that’s something that I’ve just been raised with. I’ve told this story a billion times, but I remember there was one time when I was in school, and there was a girl who I guess got called a name or something like that in class, and I just watched it happen. I was like “mind my business” or whatever. My dad worked in my school—I was at the private school, and my mom was at the public school down the hill—and [my mom] drove up the hill, came with my dad, and knocked on my teacher’s door. I guess they found out somehow through a teacher or parent or whatever that I didn’t do anything about it [and they] pulled me out in the middle of the classroom, took me to the teacher’s lounge, and I got cussed out because I just sat there.
And really, that’s like silence is compliance. You not doing anything is basically saying it’s okay. That’s how I’ve always felt. I think it’s very cowardly to have a platform and not do anything with it that’s positive, because then what’s the point? I just like to choose to take it as a responsibility and take it very seriously and try to use it for the best I can. Of course, there are times where I’m not going to be tweeting every five seconds about a new political event. Of course, there’s going to be funny stuff, and I’m going to talk about what’s going on in my life and movies and whatever is going on. But, there will always go back to the things that I think are important.
What has your experience with activism been like so far?
It’s been incredible. Again, I think it’s one of those things where I just feel compelled to do these things. It’s not somebody telling me, “It’s a good look if you go show up at this this and this.” This is my mom saying, “We gotta go.” This is me saying, “We gotta go.” I don’t want to sit here and rant like, “Ooh, I’m going to be an activist today and do this this.” You’re drawn to those things and you feel like you need to ACT. Act upon what you see going on. I don’t know, maybe I have a big mouth, which I never thought I did. I’ve always been shy, which is weird—so very shy, believe it or not. It’s an unsettling feeling if I sit here on Twitter while everything is happening, and I’m just going to tweet about my new movie or my new project or whatever and just ignore what’s going on. I mean, hello, you can’t—you can’t. Anybody who has a conscience.
Do you ever feel discouraged by the potential backlash?
People are scared out of it because when that does happen, where you do act and speak up, of course, people aren’t gonna agree with you. That’s the whole point. Of course, people are gonna be a little bit against you and whatever. But as long as you’re willing to open your ears to maybe even the negative comments—because sometimes you have to hear other people’s side of things in order to change their mind or in order to see where they’re coming from to make a better decision on how to help them get to the good side and to understand why things are happening the way they are. So you have to just be open-minded and listen and learn and all that good stuff, and not be afraid to speak up.