Lately, perhaps because of this desire to honor his true self and not a Hollywood image, Beetz has found himself yearning for the Berlin lifestyle of ebb and flow rather than the rigid doctrine of the American checklist. “What I like a lot about Berlin is that it’s a bit dirty,” she says. “I still think Berlin feels like it has an energy of what I imagine New York was in the 80s.” And for Beetz, the attraction of Berlin lies in this European quintessence joy of living. “The friends I have there are in school, in careers, and have kids,” she continues. “I think it’s very American, really, to have this school-to-family career pipeline mapped out. Berlin, at least, it’s a little smoother. Here in New York City, she witnesses the downsides of global capitalism, watching co-working spaces sprout up above family-run restaurants. “While I love New York so much – it’s the most creatively stimulating – I think New York is getting more and more corporate. I think most of the major international cities are. I think Berlin is also becoming more corporate. But with New York, I feel like there is a bit of magic being lost. My partner and I want to move to Berlin, maybe permanently. I like this fluidity, and it seems much more human to me.
Beetz clearly has more creative tools than an actor, as evidenced by his Beetz Talks Climate, an Instagram series that merges his commitment to environmental policy with his ability to operate a camera. Thanks to the camera, she expands the public’s knowledge of the natural world. Faced with the rise of environmental concerns, it leaves room for concrete actions that can help movements. Discussing the fight against ecological malaise, Beetz says, “I honestly believe that one of the most important things you can do is – and in some ways one of the easiest things you can do – d ” call your local representatives. I think making your own small changes has an impact to some extent, but what really needs to change is the corporate culture, and I think the legislation is what will. ”
Beetz’s compassion punctuates every syllable as she continues: “In New York City, we fought for housing and called on our officials and legislation to force buildings to cut emissions, which will affect millions of people against them. I don’t eat one thing or another. That being said, I want to stress that I am not perfect, I don’t think any of us have to be perfect. In the midst of the surrounding New York skyline, however, one can and always should embrace the commitment of community rooftop gardening and perhaps embrace Beetz’s suggestion of nurturing one’s own body and mind. She laughs heartily when I mention her own experiments at home in making kombucha. “I don’t exclusively use the things I make from scratch,” she says. “It’s fun for me, and I’m doing this for fun and experimentation and to see what I can do in my own home. Sometimes I feel like I live in this society where we are so interdependent on each other, whether you are in a village of ten people or a city of millions.