Serious Seth! Seth Rogen gave a heartwarming, yet hilarious, speech on Capitol Hill about Alzheimer’s research on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Though he cracked jokes about weed and House of Cards, the actor’s speech ultimately turned serious when he began to discuss how the disease hits so close to home.
“Thank you very much for having me…and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert in something, because that’s cool,” Rogen, 31, began. “I don’t know if you know who I am at all. You told me you never saw Knocked Up, Chairman, so that’s a little insulting.”
“But if you could believe it, this concerns something even more important,” he continued. “I started dating my wife Lauren [Miller] nine years ago when her mother was almost 54 years old. The first time I met her parents, being the mensch that I am, I was excited to spend time with them and make Lauren think I was the type of guy she should continue dating. It was this trip, the first time I met my now mother-in-law [Adele], that Lauren first admitted to herself and then to me that something was off with her mom.”
Rogen and actress Miller tied the knot in 2011, and have continued to experience her mother’s struggles with Alzheimer’s. Rogen admitted that it was a year after meeting his future mother-in-law when her symptoms became much worse. “After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself,” he added.
The This is the End actor urged Congress about the importance of Alzheimer’s research, and noted how his family and friends created the Hilarity for Charity fund in 2012 to “raise money to help family’s struggling with Alzheimer’s and support cutting edge research.”
Miller, 31, sat behind her husband during his plea, which he ended on a positive note. But shortly after, Rogen tweeted his dismay over the amount of empty seats.
“Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer’s. Seems to be a low priority,” he wrote. “All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer’s. Unless more noise is made, it won’t change.”
He also tweeted directly at Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. “Pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech?” he asked. “Just curious.”
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