Taye Diggs loves eggs. The actor, 42, best known for his role in the Broadway musical "Rent", the television series "Private Practice," and the super-sexy and still awesome film, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," has made the issue of childhood hunger his personal problem. Recently hosting a hometown event to fight childhood hunger in Los Angeles, Diggs has joined up with Kellogg's to tackle the issue head on.
With two films in post-production, one currently filming, and one in pre-production, this man is busy. Splitting their time between LA and New York, Diggs and wife, actor Idina Menzel, have a young son to think about -- and the issue of childhood hunger has become a passion of Diggs'. HuffPost LA recently caught up with Mr. Diggs to talk cereal, LA's beauty and why breakfast is so damn important.
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<u>HuffPost</u>: I watched your video on the <a href="http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/share-breakfast.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=kellogg%20taye%20diggs&utm_content=Taye+Diggs_Broad&utm_campaign=Intention_Share+Breakfast&gclid=CN7Tro3O_7UCFadFMgodRSAACQ" target="_hplink">Kellogg's site</a>. You open with "1 in 5 kids comes from a home where food isn't readily available." Recently MSNBC has been running an ad about the very same thing. Why do you think this issue is picking up traction right now in particular? <u>Taye Diggs</u>: I think it's because corporations like Kellogg's have brought the issue to the forefront. You hear so much about the poverty that exists throughout the world but it was shocking to hear just how close to home the issue really is.
<strong>HP: How did this particular cause catch your attention and how did you get involved?</strong> TD: When I heard the statistics, I felt an immediate connection because as a father, providing for my family is the most important priority in my life. I jumped at the chance to help turn this statistic around.
<strong>HP: You grew up as the eldest of five children in Rochester, New York. What was your environment like?</strong> TD: I grew up in a very loving environment. Music was a huge part of our childhood and I have very fond memories of us dancing and singing around the house together.
<strong>HP: Your mom was a teacher, so she was around kids all the time, in addition to you and your siblings. What did she teach you about being a good parent? About being a good human?</strong> TD: She taught us to follow our dreams, to be creative and to find the positive in even the toughest of situations.
<strong>HP: Fondest breakfast memory as a child?</strong> TD: Sugary cereal, of course.
<strong>HP: Let's get specific about breakfast...my favorite meal. What is your favorite healthy breakfast? Favorite splurge breakfast? </strong> TD: I'm big into eggs. I'll have an omelet and if I'm splurging, I'll have it with bacon and potatoes.
<strong>HP: You split your time between LA and NYC. What are the biggest differences in lifestyle do you think? What do you love most about living in LA?</strong> TD: Both cities have a special place in my heart and I've grown to love them both. New York is all about great restaurants and theater and the energy is like no other. Los Angeles is all about the outdoors and the sunshine. <em>[Pictured: Taye Diggs and wife, fellow actor, Idina Menzel]</em>
<strong>HP: Most beautiful place in Los Angeles to you?</strong> TD: Between the beach and the mountains, you pretty much get the best of both worlds. No matter what mood you're in, you can take advantage of doing outdoor activities.
<strong>HP: How has being a parent changed your own relationship to health?</strong> TD: We are definitely much more aware of our every move as parents. You spend so much of your life just worrying about yourself and once you have a child, it's no longer about you. All that matters is that your child is safe and healthy.
<strong>HP: Does your family have any special mealtime rituals?</strong> TD: Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day because we are starting the day together as a family. It's a very important time in our house that I cherish.
<strong>HP: You and your wife are very involved in causes and philanthropy. What are three qualities or lessons you hope to instill in your young son about how to be a good person in this world?</strong> TD: It's so important to us that he be well balanced, respectful of others and caring to all.