Do you remember American Pie? This movie, released in 1999, made quite a stir back then. This was before every kid and teenager had a smartphone and could Google any sort of embarrassing question they had. So yeah, it was an eye-opener for those who were still naïve. Besides the apple pie scene, there was another unforgettable scene in this movie for many teenage boys. It had something to do with Nadia, the foreign exchange student.
Nadia was the foreign, mysterious and beautiful girl all the boys wanted to be with. Maybe we should give this fictional character credit for making webcams so popular. After all, it was a webcam that encouraged Jim’s creepy friends to watch while Nadia undressed in her room.
Nadia was played by Shannon Elizabeth. After the movie was released, the actress was a staple on red carpets, magazines and everywhere else. Elizabeth did a few more movies after American Pie. Ones like Love Actually and Scary Movie. She even did Dancing with the Stars.
But it seems that the actress has disappeared from Hollywood altogether. So where is she? Is she enjoying a quiet life? Is she working under the radar? Is she living it up on some tropical beach? Well, you’d be surprised.
She’s definitely staying away from Hollywood and the luxurious lifestyle, but she’s not sitting at home doing nothing either. This woman is running an animal charity known as Animal Avengers. She’s not doing this from her LA mansion, either. Elizabeth now lives in South Africa.
A quick look at her Instagram and Twitter profiles will indicate how much of an animal lover Elizabeth is. In her Twitter bio, she wrote that she is an “actress, activist and vegan.” This woman wants to “make the world a better place” by using her voice for “those who have none.”
Elizabeth has been using her star status to send a message to her fans about what is going on in the animal world. This woman is not afraid to speak up, especially recently, when a certain president (you know the one) lifted a hunting ban. One that would leave hibernating wolves, bears and their cubs in a vulnerable position.
Sharing a photo of the news on Instagram, Elizabeth wrote, “Where's the ‘hunt’ in this? Sounds like it's something cowards need to do to feel better about themselves. Nice work Trump. Will this make you & ur hunter friends feel like real men for the first time? You definitely can't claim this killing is to help conservation efforts. Disgusting pathetic shameful.”
The actress isn’t just calling out politicians. She also educates her followers about the harms of certain trades. “Happy World Elephant Day!” Elizabeth wrote on Instagram. “Please don't EVER ride an elephant or BUY ivory. Ivory only belongs on a beautiful living elephant in the wild.”
“Elephants should never be in captivity, chained to anyone or anything.” Elizabeth added. “This means they have been tortured into submission just to be human entertainment. If we collectively STOP paying for elephant rides or buying ivory, these industries will end. It's up to each & every one of us to do our parts! Celebrate these majestic gentle giants today & everyday."
Thanks to Elizabeth’s star power, thousands of people on Instagram and Twitter are more aware of the atrocities going on in the wildlife. Rhinos, Elizabeth wrote, “could easily be extinct within the next 10-20 years if we don't do something drastic. In Kruger National Park alone they are losing over 50 rhinos a month to illegal poaching."
“Men often cross the border from Mozambique into South Africa,” Elizabeth adds, “Fully armed with guns, machetes, ammunition and so much more. They are outnumbering the antipoaching units & making more money for one kill then they could make in 5 years of their normal salary. The babies will often suckle for days on their dead mother, not wanting to leave her side & praying that she'll get up. Therefore the babies die from dehydration, assuming they weren't killed by the poachers just to keep them at bay,” the activist concludes.
The actress has also visited refugee camps and shared her experiences on social media. In one post, Elizabeth wrote, “Had the very blessed opportunity to visit Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi & meet this beautiful little girl there. Also chatted with an exceptional young man who's on his way to McGill University in Canada next month. Dzaleka refugee camp was established by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1994 in response to a wave of forcibly displaced people fleeing genocide, violence and wars in Burundi, Rwanda and the D.R. Congo.”
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“Prior to becoming a refugee camp, the Dzaleka facility had served as a political prison," Elizabeth explained. "Happiness, love, talent, dreams & smiles can be found anywhere, regardless of income levels or situations you may be facing in life. Don't underestimate the difference you can make in this world!”
So, I guess Nadia from American Pie is doing very well for herself. Actually, she's doing well for those who don’t have a voice. It’s always wonderful to see actors using their voice in a way that makes a difference to the world rather than just partying it up in Hollywood.