When Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Akerman first came to Hollywood, she was shocked how little people recycled, especially on film sets.
“In Canada and Sweden, it’s clear everywhere you go that people recycle and compost a lot,” Akerman says. “It’s second nature. But it wasn’t like that in America and on film sets.”
So Akerman, who’s starred in Entourage, 27 Dresses, and Watchmen (not to mention pulling off a killer Def Leppard in Lip Sync Battle), has become an eco-warrior of sorts, encouraging her cast and crew members to recycle more and most recently teaming up with PepsiCo Recycling and The Nature Conservancy to encourage people to Recycle for Nature this summer.
Here, she opens up about how she stays eco-friendly at home with her son, Sebastian, and shares some of her favorite healthy hotspots in Los Angeles. —Jamie McKillop
Why did you get involved with recycling initiatives? Promoting environmental awareness is something I’ve always been involved in, like working with schools to plant gardens. I think it’s important to let people know there are simple steps you can take to recycle and conserve water, especially with the drought in California. It’s all about letting people know how easy it really is.
So what are some simple things you do to be eco-friendly? It can be as simple as turning off light switches in your home. We have solar panels on our house for energy, and I drive a hybrid car. Even in LA, we try to walk everywhere we can, like to the grocery store. There are also so many great farmers markets with local produce that help reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also important to be aware of how much water you’re using.
And speaking of healthy things, how do you like to stay active? I have to admit I drank the SoulCycle Kool-Aid. It’s nice to be able to get in-and-out, and get a great workout in in 45 minutes. I also do a lot of hiking, and meditate in the wilderness. And I do CrossFit whenever I have the chance.
What are some of your favorite healthy restaurants? I love Cafe Gratitude. There’s also this little shop called Locali with amazing organic wines and sandwiches. I think no matter where you go, it’s easy to be healthy as long as you make smart choices on the menu.
(Photos: The Nature Conservancy)