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Aubrey Kathryn Miller, the American teen actress best known for her role as Hannah Parker-Kent on the Amazon Prime series Just Add Magic, is an avid animal rights activist has and been raised vegan since birth. You may also recog- nize her as Gracie Bell from Disney XD’s Kickin’ It and as Megan Simms on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Raise Vegan had the opportunity to catch up with Aubrey and discover what the future of veganism looks like for the younger generation. Hi Aubrey, thank you so much for sitting down with us and chat- ting about life as a vegan teen. It is awesome that you’re vegan, you’ve become an inspiration to kids who are following your lead in choosing a vegan lifestyle. What kind of challenges have you faced in regard to being vegan? Have you had many difficulties finding cruelty-free options on set? Since I’ve been Vegan since birth, I haven’t had too many chal- lenges. My family has been such a huge support and they are amazing. People really know where I stand ethically and what I believe in, so they don’t really ask me to do anything differently. I am also incredibly lucky that on set I am able to get food ca- tered to my preferences, it is really nice. Is your entire family vegan as well? Most of my family is vegan. My mom is strict vegan and dad is chill and will do whatever. My Mom and I make the majority of our family’s meals and I love that we get to do that together. That’s amazing that you have so much support! What advice can you give other teens who would like to go vegan, but might not have the same support system as you? Oh yes, I can only imagine how difficult that might be. It must be especially challenging being younger and not being able to sup- port themselves the way an adult can, buying their own grocer- ies, etc.. I can understand where it may be harder for someone who doesn’t have that support. I think first of all, just express your desire to go vegan and if they understand then hopefully they can help you. There are a lot of things that can easily be made vegan and I think just finding your route and the recipes that work for you, would be the best way to go. Just stay true to it, because if you’re really passionate about it, it will work out in the end. You’re already inspiring so many people by speak- ing openly about your vegan lifestyle, are you look- ing to move into more activism as well? Yes, I’m very thankful that I have been able to do work with organizations like PETA and Mercy for Animals, and I am looking forward to continuing to share my love for animals while helping them in anyway I can. Every small step that I am able to take, even if it only helps one animal, is important. I would love to continue to stand up for them. Besides acting, what are some other passions of yours? Dancing. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and that is a huge part of my life. I obviously, if you saw my challenge video, love Korea! I’m a big fan of the entertainment industry over there, I love their music and their shows so I really enjoy watching those kinds of things. That’s my favorite thing to do when I have a day off. Do you have a favorite cruelty-free product that you can’t live without? That’s a really good question. It’s not a beauty prod- uct necessarily, but apple cider vinegar. I just can’t live without it. Maybe not so great tasting, but I try to do a shot of apple cider vinegar everyday for the health benefits. RAISEVEGAN.COM Raise Vegan 33