Andrew Keegan, 10 Things I Hate About You Star, Starts Own Religion: Details
No hate here! Andrew Keegan has started his own religion, Vice reports. The actor — best known for his role as jerk Joey Donner in 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You — leased a building in Venice Beach, Calif., for his spiritual movement called Full Circle.
One Vice reporter recently visited the church, which is one block away from a Gold's Gym and new Google offices. The author shared his or her observations, noting that the inner circle believed they showed up in person because of the "vortex" created by Keegan's energy.
"When I visited the church, I was greeted at the door by a man who said his name was Third Eye," the reporter explained. "All the members are 'enlightened' and have come together to initiate change. While they are cooperative, Keegan is the official leader who has, as Third Eye put it, the 'ultimate say on all things.'"
Keegan, 35, revealed that he came to realize his true calling after he and two friends were attacked by what he believed to be gang members in Venice Beach. The fact that a street lamp exploded while he was staring at it also played a role in his decision to begin Full Circle. The Vice reporter wrote that Keegan — and his girlfriend Leah — said their mission is to "promote the individual becoming truly themselves outside of defined boundaries."
Keegan rose to fame and became a teen heartthrob in the '90s, making appearances in TV shows like Step By Step, Moesha, Boy Meets World and Party of Five. After starring in 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Stiles, the late Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he reunited with Stiles in the 2001 film O, a modern re-interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. He also played a single teenage father in love with Jessica Biel's character Mary Camden in 7th Heaven from 1997 to 2004.
Keegan hasn't let up on his acting career, despite his new religious role. The star — who previously dated Elisha Cuthbert and LeAnn Rimes — is currently filming a comedy TV series called Gridlocked.
For more details on Full Circle, go here.