10 Things I Hate About You Star Andrew Keegan Started a Cult-Like Spiritual Movement (UPDATE)
UPDATE: Full Circle Venice has sent us an official statement on initial reports on their movement, "clarifying [their] objectives."
The statement explains that Full Circle is a "non-denominational, non-profit, community-based center" and "an experiential environment where people can creatively expand their social relations and connect with other members of their community."
Andrew Keegan says in the statement that they "recognize the collective desire to live in a more harmonious experience," adding that "for some people, it's hard to connect to these ideals, but I believe it." Hey, whatever floats your spiritual boat.
Original Story, August 15:
Looks like Andrew Keegan, best known for playing jerkface male model Joey Donner in 1998's 10 Things I Hate About You, is "going for thoughtful" again — or something. According to a recent Vice profile, the '90s star has started a cult-like spiritual movement called "Full Circle."
Andrew, who, if Vice's photos are indicative of his lifestyle, apparently spends his time nowadays wearing little fedoras and hanging out with a parrot, says Full Circle is all about "synchronicity" and "time." "Whatever, the past, some other time," he says of the movement's name, in something vaguely resembling explaining. "It's a circle; in the center is now. That's what it's about."
Full Circle has set up shop in a church in Venice Beach, California that once housed a Hare Krishna temple. There, they host all kinds of events in support of the Full Circle way, from concerts to self-help events to colon cleanse workshops. Sunday services, reports Vice, involve meditation and water crystals. “Everybody is on that love agenda,” Andrew says of the crystals. “We’re very much scientifically, spiritually, and emotionally aware of how it works, meaning that there’s power in the crystals, there’s power in our hearts, there’s an alignment, there’s a resonance... and it transfers through water.”
So what inspired Andrew's newfound religious leadership? Those who have been following the star, ahem,religiously may remember a 2011 incident in which he and some colleagues were in a brawl in Venice Beach — Andrew says that gang members attacked him and two of his friends. “The significance of this occurrence is that it happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan,” Keegan says of the "synchronicity" aspect of the incident. He adds, “I had a moment where I was looking at a street lamp and it exploded," before detailing a ceremony in which he saw a crystal explode. He says these incidents led him to the mission of "activated peace."
We can't even begin to wrap our heads around the entire Vice profile, but what do you think of this story so far? Are you two seconds from joining the Church of Andrew, or did one of your adolescent crushes just abruptly end? Hit the comments and let us know!