Alicia Silverstone Stands Her Ground

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Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone's take on love, PETA and eating vegan.

How do you preserve the privacy of your relationship?
It wasn't until we got married that I talked about it at all. I think that's what kept it private. I still feel shy, but there's the conflict of wanting to share the beauty of what we have with everyone. You can't help saying, "Look what we have, it's so nice!"

What is the best compliment that Chris has ever paid you?
When he said that I'm the coolest person he knows. He knows a lot of cool people—like hip artists.

Do you have a guilty-pleasure love song?
I like Barry White. I can't help it. I'm like, "Really? You'd do that to me? Okay, do it." I love the [John Lennon] song "Imagine." That was the song we walked down the aisle to.

What is your favorite part of Chris's body?
I don't know if I could pick, but if I had to…his hands. I love holding them; they're so lovely, they feel so strong and so warm.

What part of you does he adore?
My eyes and lips. Or my belly—he likes to put his hands on it.

In another life, who would you have a major crush on?
A combination of David Mamet and Johnny Depp.

What about Chris?
I know he used to really like Winona Ryder when he was little!

What is the biggest difference between men and women?
I think guys tend to not analyze and talk about everything. Girls are more detail-oriented.

If you could have one "male" characteristic, what would it be?
The ability to shake things off and not be so invested. But it depends on the guy, because my husband's really not like that.

Chris is also vegan. Is this a choice you made together?
I [had] the intention of going vegan, and he wanted to do it, too. I thought, what a compassionate, amazing man. It was inspiring that we were willing to make this commitment in our life.

How has that commitment made you stronger as a couple?
Once you get all that dead energy out of you, there's so much space for newness and growth and a deeper journey, and we went on that journey together. I think if one of us stayed stuck, it would really have been hard.

How else has your activism affected your lifestyle?
We love going to the farmer's market, reusing all our bags, refilling our water bottles from the tap. It's sort of second nature to us. Truthfully, I'm so turned on by life. We have so many choices—so why not do the best things for your body and the planet?

How has your veganism affected your health and well-being?
It changed me a hundred million percent. My eyes got really sparkly and white. My body took a really nice form; I no longer have any excess weight. In the [nine] years I've been vegan, I haven't taken antibiotics or any medicine at all. My skin cleared up. I feel like Superwoman! Sometimes I'm naughty—I'll have white flour or sugar or too much wine—and I'll feel it really intensely, but I know how to correct it. I live really indulgently; I don't deprive myself.

What else do you do to pamper yourself?
I feel like we indulge all the time, but in a really conscious way. So it's indulgent and simple at the same time. We have two environ-mentally sound cars, solar panels to save on electricity, and a clothesline to dry our clothes. We buy a lot of vintage clothes, because not only are we reusing but it's also more stylish and artistic. All the money we save goes to spending $300 on dinner!

Is the way you live a response to the typically excessive Hollywood lifestyle?
We live in a casual, relaxed, fun way—not as a response but just because it's the way we love to live. I wish that people could come live with us for a while, because I think they'd really like it!

You and Chris have been married for two years. Are children next?
Definitely—and our children will be vegan. We want them to be healthy. But I'd still be an actress, I'd still be an artist.

Most people associate celebrity with SUVs, Manolo Blahniks, and Malibu beach homes. But not Alicia Silverstone. The actress, 30, has chosen to parlay her fame into a life of activism. She has aligned herself with organizations such as PETA—which named her the sexiest vegetarian alive—and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which encourages humane alternatives to animal testing.

Silverstone shares her commitment to the issues she cares about with her husband, Christopher Jarecki, front man for the alt-rock band Little Wolverines. After dating for nine years, the couple tied the knot in 2005. Together, they adopted a vegan diet, which they have maintained for nine years. And their Los Angeles home—complete with solar panels and a clothesline—puts the planet first.

But Silverstone hasn't forgotten her first love: acting. Following her critically acclaimed turn in The Graduate on Broadway, she recently graced the stage again in a Los Angeles production of Speed-the-Plow, by award-winning playwright David Mamet. Here, the multifaceted star opens up about her environmentally-conscious lifestyle and her rock-solid relationship—proving that she's anything but clueless.

How did you meet your husband?
We met [in 1996] at a movie theater in L.A. that plays old movies. We've been dating ever since.

Did you kiss on your first date?
Our first date was the day after we met, and he did spring a kiss on me. I shut my mouth really tight—it was literally like he pounced on me out of nowhere! It was so surprising that it was charming.

You dated Chris for nine years before you tied the knot. What took you so long?
I was never unsure about him, but we never felt the need to get married. We're very unconventional and [marriage] just felt sort of conservative. Then as time went on, we realized it could be our own experience. But I ended up wearing a white dress anyway!

Has marriage changed your dynamic?
I don't think it has, to be honest. We don't live by rules; we just really love each other and we're best friends.

Which is more important in a relationship, chemistry or friendship?
Friendship. If you just have chemistry, you're screwed. There's no relationship there—I've done that. The biggest things are respect and great communication.

What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of your husband?
Joy. Chris is the one person I could spend hours with. I've never, ever turned around and said, "I just need space." He's the one.

How do you preserve the privacy of your relationship?
It wasn't until we got married that I talked about it at all. I think that's what kept it private. I still feel shy, but there's the conflict of wanting to share the beauty of what we have with everyone. You can't help saying, "Look what we have, it's so nice!"

What is the best compliment that Chris has ever paid you?
When he said that I'm the coolest person he knows. He knows a lot of cool people—like hip artists.

Do you have a guilty-pleasure love song?
I like Barry White. I can't help it. I'm like, "Really? You'd do that to me? Okay, do it." I love the [John Lennon] song "Imagine." That was the song we walked down the aisle to.

What is your favorite part of Chris's body?
I don't know if I could pick, but if I had to…his hands. I love holding them; they're so lovely, they feel so strong and so warm.

What part of you does he adore?
My eyes and lips. Or my belly—he likes to put his hands on it.

In another life, who would you have a major crush on?
A combination of David Mamet and Johnny Depp.

What about Chris?
I know he used to really like Winona Ryder when he was little!

What is the biggest difference between men and women?
I think guys tend to not analyze and talk about everything. Girls are more detail-oriented.

If you could have one "male" characteristic, what would it be?
The ability to shake things off and not be so invested. But it depends on the guy, because my husband's really not like that.

Chris is also vegan. Is this a choice you made together?
I [had] the intention of going vegan, and he wanted to do it, too. I thought, what a compassionate, amazing man. It was inspiring that we were willing to make this commitment in our life.

How has that commitment made you stronger as a couple?
Once you get all that dead energy out of you, there's so much space for newness and growth and a deeper journey, and we went on that journey together. I think if one of us stayed stuck, it would really have been hard.

How else has your activism affected your lifestyle?
We love going to the farmer's market, reusing all our bags, refilling our water bottles from the tap. It's sort of second nature to us. Truthfully, I'm so turned on by life. We have so many choices—so why not do the best things for your body and the planet?

How has your veganism affected your health and well-being?
It changed me a hundred million percent. My eyes got really sparkly and white. My body took a really nice form; I no longer have any excess weight. In the [nine] years I've been vegan, I haven't taken antibiotics or any medicine at all. My skin cleared up. I feel like Superwoman! Sometimes I'm naughty—I'll have white flour or sugar or too much wine—and I'll feel it really intensely, but I know how to correct it. I live really indulgently; I don't deprive myself.

What else do you do to pamper yourself?
I feel like we indulge all the time, but in a really conscious way. So it's indulgent and simple at the same time. We have two environ-mentally sound cars, solar panels to save on electricity, and a clothesline to dry our clothes. We buy a lot of vintage clothes, because not only are we reusing but it's also more stylish and artistic. All the money we save goes to spending $300 on dinner!

Is the way you live a response to the typically excessive Hollywood lifestyle?
We live in a casual, relaxed, fun way—not as a response but just because it's the way we love to live. I wish that people could come live with us for a while, because I think they'd really like it!

You and Chris have been married for two years. Are children next?
Definitely—and our children will be vegan. We want them to be healthy. But I'd still be an actress, I'd still be an artist.