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OK! chatted with Shameless star Amy Smart and got her to dish on all her guilty food pleasures, including her love of all things Italian food!
My Eating Habits In One Word
Healthiest Thing I Have Eaten All Week
“Probably kale, it’s really good for you.”
Last Time I Skipped A Meal
“I sometimes skip meals when I travel.”
My Last Feast On Earth
“A little of everything, but especially Italian.”
Amy Smart and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse share eco-friendly tips for creating a green household just in time for Earth Day. They chatted with Senior Fashion Editor Katrina Mitzeliotis about their wedding, advice for newlyweds and how they make their marriage work.
Amy Smart is a busy girl around Hollywood!
The Varsity Blues actress just finished a returning guest spot on Showtime’s hit show Shameless as a mother of three, has an NBC pilot in the works and now has teamed up with an animal rights cause on her downtime!
Can we expect to see Amy reprising her bad girl role as Jasmine on season three of Shameless?
“I hope they want to bring me back for another season,” Amy admits Celebuzz.
As for latest projects, Amy divulges some juicy details on an NBC pilot called Bad Girls that actually has the same show runners and writers as Shameless. Also set to star My Name is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, the comedy follows the ins-and-outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends-who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.
When she’s not gracing the small screen, Amy, 36, takes time to be apart of a cause helping the welfare of pets. She is working with ASPCA and Pet Armour to launch more affordable pet care for all animals. “I am really excited about this, I am a huge animal lover!”Amy and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse share two cats and two dogs together.
Amy Smart not only has a lot on her plate, she needs an enormous, biodegradable serving platter to accommodate all the things she has going. When the 36-year-old, Topanga Canyon-bred actress is not shooting the Showtime series Shameless, the upcoming TBS laugher Men at Work, or a movie, she directs her indefatigable self toward more altruistic pursuits, such as saving the giant marble we’re all living on. She’s a longtime volunteer and board member of Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay. In fact, Smart will be honored for her environmental leadership over 18 years of volunteering with the organization at its annual Bring Back the Beach awards gala at The Jonathan Club on May 17. She is also on the board of directors for the Environmental Media Association. From speaking out about plastic-bag use to cleaning up the beaches of Torrance, Smart is not shy about showing her unbridled passion for the planet.
What first inspired you to get involved in issues surrounding the environment?
Growing up in Topanga Canyon, being in the mountains and surrounded by nature inspired me. My parents always loved nature, and that inspired my brother and me. Growing up I was always aware of the environment [through] beach cleanups, hikes, and bike rides in the canyon. Right out of high school I wanted to get involved and saw Heal the Bay posters around. That was my first venture into environmental work when I was 18.
How did you go about volunteering?
I called Heal the Bay and asked if I could volunteer with people, not in an office stuffing envelopes. They told me about their Speakers Bureau, where I trained for a month back when [founder] Dorothy Green was still alive, touring sewage-treatment plants and learning about drainpipes and the history of how water gets polluted.
In the beginning, did you encounter more resistance or cooperation?
It was a real mix. I felt every time I went to a class or an assembly and talked about Heal the Bay, most of the kids were really excited—they had something to say, they wanted to make a difference, and they didn’t want to pollute. I got more resistance from adults and friends of mine who didn’t want to make any changes or take any responsibility for their actions.
Is there a moment that stands out in your 18 years with Heal the Bay?
For years I was volunteering, and I looked at [former HTB president] Mark Gold as my idol. He’s an incredibly smart leader, a Heal the Bay scientist who made change happen. When my [acting] career started growing and I got more notoriety, he asked me to be on the board of directors. I was so honored. I did a press conference with him about the Beach Report Card rating.
What kind of support do you get from others in entertainment?
Again it’s been mixed. Ultimately different people have different causes —there are so many. I feel I stand up for pretty much all of them, but you can spread yourself too thin, so I try to be discerning and effective.
How do you try to inspire the eco efforts of others?
I realized preaching can push people away; one of the best things you can do is lead by example. I started becoming more eco in my habits—some transferred over, some didn’t. That’s okay—people make changes when they’re ready. At this point it’s everybody’s responsibility.
How have your outreach efforts changed someone’s viewpoint on the environment?
When my friends have gotten pregnant, and it stopped being about them and became about the child, they were more receptive to green ideas. Some people don’t care what they put on or in their body, but when it comes to a child, they’re much more sensitive. I plan to have children, and all our actions will positively or negatively affect our future generations, so we should work to keep the planet healthy and sustainable.
How does it feel to be honored at this year’s Bring Back the Beach event?
I’m extremely grateful and honored to be receiving [the Dorothy Green Award] this year. I highly respect and love Heal the Bay; their work is so effective, far-reaching, and impactful on the ocean.
What keeps you going?
Finally seeing changes and how they’re affecting people. You can work so hard for so long and then see change—a law gets passed, a ban gets passed. There is change happening; it’s not stagnant.
ou could say actress Amy Smart is Shameless about her love for pets. As a long supporter of Best Friends Animal Society and various other pet adoption initiatives in Los Angeles, the 36-year-old knows that owning a dog, cat or other animal can be the key to a happy life… and marriage.
Smart—who shares a home with two dogs, two cats and her new husband, HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse, whom she married in September 2011—recently teamed up with the ASPCA and Pet Armor to launch a national campaign called the PetArmor® Protection Promise.
“It’s to give affordable health care to pets,” she tells us in our exclusive CelebLove TV interview. “It’s basically like Frontline Top Spot with the same active ingredient, but for half the price. So now, pet owners can afford to treat their animals, especially during this flea and tick season.”
How is it sharing a house with your 2 dogs, 2 cats and your new husband, Carter?
It’s a full house! It’s great though, I’ve had my cats for 16 years. My one dog is nine and his dog is four, so it’s fun having all these guys around you constantly wanting your attention, talking, wanting to play. It’s wonderful having animals. I would never not have animals. 10 Celebrities Who Are In Love With Their Pets PHOTOS
Do you think having pets makes your relationship stronger?
I do, I think animals are a constant reminder of love – unconditional love. They don’t care one way or another whatever is happening. They just want pure attention and love, and it gets you back to what matters in life, it’s a gentle reminder. I do think it helps your relationship.
Would you say that’s your relationship advice for other couples?
I strongly recommend having pets if you like animals. I wouldn’t say get a pet to heal your relationship, but if you like animals and you can make some decent time for them, go adopt, don’t buy! 5 Things Pets Can Teach Us About Relationships
Let’s talk about Shameless. Your character Jasmine is a rebel looking for love and attention. What’s it like to play her?
It’s been fun to play Jasmine. The first season she started off itching for something fun and naughty, and clearly she finds that during the summertime with an older man who has a lot of money. It was fun to see where she goes and how she tries to deal with all the drama.
Can you tell fans what to expect next?
To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t know if my character is coming back or what’s going to happen. But, I’m working on a pilot now with the same show writers who do Shameless. So, we’re crossing our fingers – it’s for NBC, a show called Bad Girls.
And we also hear you have a thriller coming out called 7500.
Yes, it takes place on a plane. It’s a horror movie with the same director who did The Grudge. It’s with Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Leslie Bibb (GCB) and it’s just a scary movie! But scary in that really classic way – it’s not a lot of gore, it’s just that haunting scariness.
Actress Amy Smart, star of the hit TV show Shameless, stopped by Fox and Friends this morning and brought a friend with her … a rescue dog from the ASPCA. Smart explained that she’s teamed up with the ASPCA and PetArmor to launch the PetArmor Protection Promise, which gives affordable health care to pet owners.
Smart also talked about Showtime series Shameless, saying that “it’s so much fun to be part of.”
We had the opportunity to chat with eco-powerhouse Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse while they were on set promoting the new Schick® Xtreme3® Eco™, an eco razor made from 100% recycled plastic and packaged in 100% post consumer paper.
The green duo talked to us about their eco-habits at home, favorite designers, local foods and more.
Both of you were already environmentalists when you met, but there is always more that can be done. Were there any green habits or tricks you learned from one another once you moved in together?
Amy Smart: I have to say, living with him, he uses reclaimed materials a ton. He always finds a way to repurpose anything that could be trashed. So that’s inspired me to be more eco in that way.
Carter Oosterhouse: We’ve learned a ton of stuff from each other. Whether it’s like making sure, you know, you’re taking your hangers back to the dry cleaners and not tossing those out. Making sure that you’re using eco-friendly cleaning products, not just in the bathroom but throughout the entire home.
Amy Smart: Even buying furniture, a lot of them are like FSC certified wood and different kind of materials that are more eco. Or bamboo.
Carter Oosterhouse: Yeah, I mean a lot of furniture is FSC and that’s great. I mean if you can look for the FSC seal, perfect. If you can use pieces that are maybe, they’re hip and the trend right now is to be rustic, is to be vintage. It’s really in right now and it looks really cool.
Do you incorporate eco-friendly foods into your diet?
Amy Smart: We definitely incorporate a lot of eco-friendly foods into our diet. I mean, I like to shop at farmers markets, get local produce, buy organic because when you buy organic you’re not contributing to all the pesticides and herbicides that get into the water table. It also is like you’re donating to the environment as well. So I think it’s super important to start, you know, on a food level to eat consciously as well as meat and dairy, you know, eating organic.
How about clothes? Any favorite green designers?
Amy Smart: As far as green designers and clothes, you know American Apparel started making an organic line which is pretty mainstream and it’s great because it’s made in America. They’re really on the rise. It’s inspiring to see green fashion. Well recently, we’re also talking with Livia Firth, Colin Firth’s wife who is taking the green carpet challenge during awards season and getting different A-list actresses to wear eco-clothing on the red carpet which is again getting all the designers to start going green. Stella McCartney is a vegan designer which is pretty inspiring. And of course, all kinds of fashion you want your legs to be nice and shaved so you want to use an eco razor, and your arm pits.
Carter Oosterhouse: That’s really well said.
If you could change one thing about the way people live and get them to adopt an eco-friendly habit, what would it be?
Amy Smart: If I could get people to change one thing in their life about the way they live and make them adopt an eco-friendly habit, I would say that using reusable products as much as possible, whether it’s reusable bags or reusable water bottles. And if you do have plastics in your life that you’re using, it’s so important to recycle them. As you can see with this great eco razor, it’s all 100% recycled plastic, so it’s repurposed which is so important.
Newlyweds Amy and Carter are launching Schick’s eco-friendly disposable razor and they tell YOU about their beauty and grooming routines!
The handle of the Schick Xtreme3 Eco razor is made from 100 percent recycled plastic — made from recycled coat hangers — and the packaging is 100 percent recycled paper. Amy Smart and her HGTV star husband Carter Oosterhouse are spokespeople for the razor and are launching the Schick Xtreme3 Eco’s Project Remake contest that asks people to create a functional item out of salvaged materials. Amy and Carter explain how they stay eco-friendly themselves, who their celebrity beauty inspirations are and what their grooming routines are like.