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Theadina Von Seyfried: Changing the World Through Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

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As model and actress Theadina Seyfried drives down Hollywood Boulevard, she points out a homeless man who is standing on a corner. “I have seen him several times,” she says, “and each time, I wonder what I can do to help him, what programs I can create or support that will lift him out of poverty. I have been given a lot because of my father’s hard work, and I want to honor his memory by giving back throughout my life.”

Theadina, whose father worked in the movie industry, grew up in LA and lived a privileged lifestyle. “I was lucky,” she says, watching as another homeless person crosses the street. “Some people, obviously, aren’t, and I want to use my life to help them.” 

Theadina sighs a little as she talks about her upbringing. “My father was an extremely hard worker, and I am thankful for that. On the other hand, there was a time when I didn’t appreciate it the way I should have. My values were misplaced for a while.”

Theadina went through an intense period of introspection because of her father’s passing a year ago. “I was devastated,” she remembers. “It definitely changes you when you lose a parent, especially when you were close to them. I know that he would want me to use my life to benefit others, so that’s one thing I have thought a lot about: how to serve the world with my talents and with what I have been given.”

One way she wants to impact people is through her acting. “Watching a movie is relaxing, and that’s especially important in these times,” Theadina states. “If I can bring enjoyment to someone who has had a stressful day, that will make me happy. Although, to be honest, I don’t know how relaxed they will be when they see my new movie, a horror short!” 

When asked about her business plans, Theadina is enthusiastic. “I am starting a skincare line in 2022,” she states. “I still have to go to South Korea to do research, but that’s the target date. I use La Mer, but even though I love it, it’s very expensive and not easily accessible to other women. So, I plan to make something cheaper but that is still of good quality. I am going to go to Africa because that is where I can get Shea butter in large amounts for the cheapest price. I at least want to have a cleanser, SPF, moisturizer, and night creams. I want all of this to be affordable for women because there’s so much out there that is just tremendously expensive.” 

Theadina has a strong vision for her future and plans for making it happen. “I see myself either living in Paris or traveling the world. I see a few more films under my belt as well as me getting into French and European cinema, perhaps even a movie, short film, or independent film at the Cannes Film Festival. I will already have my skincare line, of course. I’d like to either build an orphanage or start my own nonprofit organization for young kids or girls. That is my dream. I just want to help people but also make the world a more beautiful and better place. So, the sky’s the limit. Philanthropy mixed with acting, beauty, and business.”

When Theadina is asked about the advice she would give to other rising actors or entrepreneurs, she turns thoughtful. “You can never give up. I know that’s been said, but really, it’s the truth. Nothing will happen if you cave under pressure or adversity. 

Also, you absolutely must believe in yourself. You must be confident when you go to auditions. You will be judged up and down for your looks and for your acting as well as for every move or twitch you make. It is vital that you know yourself, who you are, and the reason why you’re doing something.”

As Theadina turns off Hollywood Boulevard, the homeless people disappear from view but not from her mind. “Everyone has a purpose. Everyone has value and beauty. I want to make sure that each person understands that and lives into it so that their lives are full of joy and happiness.”

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