'90s 'Teen Beat' Cover Boy Founded A New Age-y, Hippie Spiritual Movement In Venice
10 Things I Hate About You star Andrew Keegan has apparently started a new religion, or 'conscious social movement,' in Venice that sounds kind of like a Portlandia sketch. The '90s Teen Beat regular hasn't been doing that much acting this decade. What he's been doing instead is having some sort of spiritual awakening and becoming a visionary (that's his official title these days). The group is called Full Circle and meets in a space on Venice near Google's offices, VICE reports.
This thing has every new age trope. Aligning chakras, meditation, crystals, celebrity practitioners, acoustic sing-alongs, something called a karma cleanse, drum circles, yoga, a guy named 'Third Eye,' and a giant parrot named Krishna.
Keegan told VICE he had a traumatic experience in March of 2011. He and his friends were held up by a gun toting group of 'gang members.' This was happening at the same time as the tsunami in Japan, and Keegan somehow connected these two events, then followed an interest in synchronicity into his current spirituality.
He mentioned a few other moments he considered to be examples of synchronicity—namely, a crystal falling off an altar and a street lamp that exploded while he was looking at it—and that it all led him to come up with the idea that "the mission is to take the war out of our story, which is essentially peace, but activated peace."
Videos of the group in action show uplifting sing-alongs, beach-side hand holding, hugging and so many hand drums.
So all in all, it kind of sound like a bunch of hippies get together and do hippie things, which is not the worst thing weird spiritual movements founded by celebrities have done. I mean, look at Scientology and GOOP. Meditate on, Keegan.