‘Girl’ From ‘Bird Box’ Talks Tofu and Cats in First-Ever Interview

For Immediate Release:
7 February 2019

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6-Year-Old Breakout Star Becomes Youngest PETA US Spokesperson

London – “My eyes were covered in Bird Box, but I always look out for animals – that’s why I’m a vegetarian!”

So chirps 6-year-old actor Vivien Lyra Blair as she takes off her iconic blindfold in an exclusive interview for PETA US. “I like edamame and asparagus, green beans, and the Tofu Rice Bowl from Yuko Kitchen,” she says. But she admits that she’s “still working on liking spinach more”.

In the movie’s first month on Netflix, Blair’s captivating performance as “Girl” was seen by 80 million viewers, won her rave reviews, and earned praise from Oscar-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins, who tweeted that she “[s]teals every scene, every moment she’s on screen”.

Off screen, Blair likes to spend time with her three rescued cats, including Lazlo, “an orange tabby, the meowiest of all of them”. In the video, she urges viewers to adopt cats and declares that she “want[s] to make the world a better place for animals”.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that turkeys, chickens, cows, and other animals raised and killed for food develop friendships; feel emotions such as joy, love, pain, and fear; and want to live just as much as we do.

Blair joins a long list of celebrities – including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Taraji P Henson, Liev Schreiber, Krysten Ritter, Mayim Bialik, and Maggie Q – who’ve teamed up with PETA or its international affiliates to promote kindness to animals.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.