'Veep' Star Spends Celebrity for Heal the Bay
For Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as with many others, the need to give back and do good became urgent once she had children.
“You start thinking a little bit more globally I guess,” says the “Veep” star. “I was struck by beach closures. The idea of a beach closure was unconscionable. So I became keenly interested in why it was happening, how it could be prevented.” An invitation to host a Heal the Bay Bring Back the Beach dinner led to an association with the org that's lasted nearly 20 years.
Her favorite part of her time working with Heal the Bay, she says, is simply “Triumph.” She's proud of the org's success in getting single-use plastic bags banned in Los Angeles and is hoping a statewide ban will follow. “To have been a part of that effort, and have it very slowly take hold, has been profoundly satisfying and thrilling.”
Looking ahead, she's hoping the org can get government investment to collect and recycle urban runoff, instead of letting it flow to the oceans. Heal the Bay also fights to continue the current moratorium on oil drilling off the California coast.
“Norman Lear said that celebrity is something you can spend,” she says. “And you can certainly spend it down, God knows, but you can also spend it carefully. I choose to spend it on organizations like this.”
And that's why she's at Unite4:
Humanity. “It gives me a chance to discuss the success of Heal the Bay to a wide audience, and they deserve that.”
— David S. Cohen