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’10 Things I Hate About You’ Star Andrew Keegan Responds to Rumors He Started a Cult

’10 Things I Hate About You’ Star Andrew Keegan Responds to Rumors He Started a Cult

Actor and 10 Things I Hate About You star Andrew Keegan has finally broken his silence on rumors of him starting a cult. In a recent podcast interview, Keegan addressed rumors of him starting a “cult” in the 2010s. He made it crystal clear that Full Circle, the spiritual organization he co-founded a decade ago, is anything but a cult.

“There was this interesting group of hippie types, if you will, in Venice,” Keegan told Pod Meets World hosts Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle. “I’m sure if you went on the west side, there’s definitely a lot of spirituality. I was connected with some folks and we had this opportunity,” he continued. “There was the old Hare Krishna temple. It was sitting there empty and we were like, ‘Yo, why don’t we just get some people together and let’s open this place up?’”

Keegan finds it somewhat unsettling to contemplate the Full Circle experience at this moment. “Looking back [it] was insane,” he admitted. “I was putting down thousands and tens of thousands of dollars, and when we opened it up we spent three years and really did build an amazing friend group.”

However, Full Circle shut its doors in 2017. “For all intents and purposes, it was just a really cool community center for people in Venice for three years,” Andrew Keegan explained of the supposed cult.

Andrew Keegan Admits Handling of Cult Rumors Could Have Been Better

Keegan admitted he could have handled the media frenzy around Full Circle better, including a Vice article titled “One of the Stars of ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Starts a Religion.”

“They came in and y’know, I probably should’ve had a little more media training at the time, and I was just like, ‘Yeah, everything is great, this is all these wild things going on, sacred,’” Keegan explained.

Nevertheless, he asserted that the organization remained a valuable asset to the community. “We really just got together and we did a Sunday thing, and we did I think almost 1,000 events in three years, and it was actually really hard, and it was really beneficial to a lot of people,” Keegan recalled. “I still hear about it now, people are like, ‘That was such a great time.’ So it’s kind of the opposite of what I guess you would imagine — there was no doctrine.”

In the podcast, Keegan hinted at finding some of the claims about the organization amusing. “I don’t know anybody else that’s being called a cult leader, so it’s kind of like a badge of honor,” he quipped.