On behalf of myself, The Mena Massoud Network visitors, and the rest of Mena’s fans, I would like to wish him a very happy 29th birthday! We all are wishing you a great year full of happiness, joy, love, luck, success, health and peace. And most importantly, thanks for being such an amazing person and inspiration to all of us.
The Aladdin star has an eye for a plant-based meal
Mena Massoud is a vegan, and although, thankfully, it’s not the first thing he’ll tell you about himself, he has written a book on the subject.
The Evolving Vegan is Massoud’s tribute to vegan culture, and sees him travel around America to meet the country’s best vegan chefs and try their dishes.
“Our mission is simple”, says the Evolving Food website. “It’s not about labels, it’s not about being a ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ or ‘omnivore’ – it’s about evolving. For the good of our fellow species, our planet and our health, we need to continue to evolve vegan.”
Massoud is an all round excellent human being. For the star of one of 2019’s highest grossing movies (Disney’s Aladdin), he’s still reassuringly unaffected. He’s a great sport, both literally and metaphorically (see him put through his paces with our pushy questions challenge) and his views on veganism are similarly grounded.
“Vegans do what they do, most them, because they care,” said Massoud. “They care about you, the care about the planer, the care about the animals, and it’s never a malicious thing or a pretentious thing, it’s more like, we’re trying to be better.
That he wants to help make the planet a better place to live is just another reason to like him. Currently in the middle of a book tour in North America, Evolving Vegan’s Instagram page is a treasure trove of delicious looking vegan meals. The sort of food that makes you hungry to look at.
Vegan naysayers be gone. There’s not a lettuce leaf burger-bun in sight. Instead, Massoud’s vegan curation is making us seriously consider adopting a plant-based diet.
I’ve updated the gallery by adding more photos from a portrait session Mena did for the release of Aladdin last year, as well as more outtakes from a photoshoot for 1883 magazine. Enjoy!
I’ve just added a portrait session from the Summer TCA’s last year for Reprisal into the gallery. Enjoy!
• Photoshoots > Portraits > Session 007
Disney is paying tribute to the Great White North.
On Friday, the Disney+ streaming service launched its new “O Canada” collection, spotlighting movies and series featuring Canadian talent and characters or were shot in Canada.
Films in the collection include 2019’s “Aladdin”, starring Canada’s own Mena Massoud, along with “Toy Story 4”, “Doctor Strange”, “Remember the Titans” and many more.
The “O Canada” collection will be featured on the homepage of Disney+ for Canadian subscribers, just in time for Canada Day.