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Mena Massoud Reveals Healthy Vegan 'Chickpea Salad' Recipe

Aladdin‘s Mena Massoud doesn’t describe himself as vegan or vegetarian but rather plant-based. He gets into why in his upcoming cookbook, Evolving Vegan, out September 15th.

“It’s not about labels, or eating habits or any of that crap,” the 28-year-old actor has said. “It’s about evolving in the right direction so that we can help save our planet, our bodies and our fellow living souls.”

Last year, Mena invested in the San Diego-based vegan restaurant Plant Power Fast Food. The fast-food chain serves vegan versions of popular American fast food menu items such as the “Big Zac”, obviously a play off of the McDonald’s Big Mac.

You can preorder Mena‘s cookbook through Amazon.com! In the meantime, Mena shared his favorite chickpea salad recipe with Just Jared readers. Check it out:

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Netflix's 'Locke & Key' Cast Celebrate Their Series Premiere!

Bill Heck, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Darby Stanchfield and Connor Jessup happily strike a pose together while hitting the red carpet at the Netflix series premiere of Locke & Key held at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday (February 5) in Hollywood.

The leading cast was joined at the event by their co-stars Thomas Mitchell Barnet, Laysla De Oliveira, Griffin Gluck, Sherri Saum, Asha Bromfeld, Coby Bird, Felix Mallard, Genevieve Kang, Hallea Jones, Jesse Camacho, Kevin Alves, Petrice Jones and Steven Williams, as well as executive producers Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Joe Hill, Lindsey Springer, Michael Morris and Aron Coleite.

Laysla De Oliveira was accompanied by her boyfriend Jonathan Keltz who came out to show his support, as well as Aladdin‘s Mena Massoud.

Locke & Key is set to premiere on Netflix tomorrow, February 7 – Watch the trailer here!

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'Aladdin' Live-Action Sequel: Everything to Know Amid Spin-Off News for Billy Magnussen's Prince Anders

It was just announced that Billy Magnussen‘s Aladdin character Prince Anders has a spin-off movie in the works, but did you know that Disney is also planning a sequel to the live-action film?

Fans have been upset about Billy, the one white actor in a cast of diverse stars, getting his own movie as Aladdin star Mena Massoud recently said that he hasn’t landed any auditions since the movie came out.

Well, it sounds like Disney still loves Mena as he’s hinted that the sequel is a definite possibility. Reports have claimed that the sequel will follow animated sequel Return of Jafar, though that’s not yet confirmed.

“I don’t think it will be Return of Jafar, but I think there’s a possibility of a sequel, yes,” Mena told ET a couple months ago. “I think they should do one just about the animals. Like, Abu, Raja, Iago and the carpet all get together. Throwing it out there!”

Back in August, producer Dan Lin opened up about plans for a sequel.

“We’d love to,” he told SYFY Wire. “People clearly loved the movie and watched it multiple times and we get lots of fan letters and people asking us to make Return [of] Jafar, and I can just tell you that we’re in early stages right now, but we’re certainly talking about another movie. Like with Aladdin, it will not be a straight remake of any movie that’s been made before, so we’re looking at ‘where’s the best way to go with these characters.’”

Dan added, “we’d love to have [director] Guy [Ritchie] back and get the team back together. If we do another Aladdin movie, we’d certainly love to have him at the helm.”

In another interview a month later, Dan basically confirmed that Return of Jafar won’t be the basis for the sequel.

“We’re exploring lots of different ways that we can go but certainly, fans are saying, ‘we want to see more of these characters,’ but they want to see the next adventure,” he told Yahoo UK. “We’re talking now about where that could go but I don’t think it’s going to be a straight remake of The Return of Jafar.”

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Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro & Mena Massoud Celebrate 'Reprisal' Season One Premiere!

Abigail Spencer happily poses alongside her co-star Rodrigo Santoro while hitting the red carpet at the season one premiere of their Hulu series Reprisal held at ArcLight Cinemas on Thursday (December 5) in Hollywood, Calif.

The 38-year-old actress and the 44-year-old actor were joined at the event by their co-stars Mena Massoud, Rhys Wakerfield, Madison Davenport, Gilbert Owuor, Bethany Anne Lind, Rebeca Robles, Lea DeLaria, Shane Callahan, Wavyy Jonez, Craig Tate and Blake Sheldon, as well as executive producers Josh Corbin, Warren Littlefield and Barry Jossen.

Here’s a synopsis: “Reprisal is a hyper-noir story that follows a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, sets out to take revenge against her brother and his bombastic gang of gearheads.”

The upcoming drama series from the executive producer of The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on Hulu now – Watch the trailer here!

FYI: Mena Massoud is wearing Givenchy. Madison Davenport is wearing Hearts On Fire diamond band and Mémoire necklace.

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Will Smith Reacts to Co-Star Mena Massoud Not Getting a Single Audition Since 'Aladdin'

Will Smith is reacting to what his Aladdin co-star Mena Massoud recently revealed: he hasn’t received a single audition since the live action film’s release in May of 2019.

“I’m just hearing that right now,” Will said when an interviewer with Variety asked for his reaction to Mena‘s statement. “I haven’t spoken to Mena.”

“He is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about,” Will added before the interview ended.

Will played the Genie to Mena‘s Aladdin in the Disney film earlier this year.

Mena Massoud Says He Hasn't Gotten An Audition Since Starring in 'Aladdin'

Despite starring in Aladdin, Mena Massoud actually hasn’t gotten an audition for a new role since the movie’s success.

Speaking with The Daily Beast, the 28-year-old actor opened up about how he’s still facing struggles despite Aladdin crossing the $1 billion mark.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it. I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin,” Mena shared. “‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”

He continues, “I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor. I’m an up and comer in the sense that I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but to a lot of people, Aladdin’s the first thing they’ve seen me in. So I think I’m going to be viewed that way for a long time. I’m going to have to work at chipping away at that.”

Mena is starring in Hulu’s Reprisal series, but it’s a role he booked before Aladdin.

“It’s wild to a lot of people,” he adds. “People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, ‘OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition?’ I’m not expecting you to be, like, ‘Here’s Batman.’ But can I just get in the room? Can you just give me a chance? So, it’s not always what you think.”

Mena Massoud Tells 'Kimmel' He 'Really Felt The Love' During Recent Egypt Trip!

Mena Massoud paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (December 2) and dished all about his success since the release of his Disney live-action film, Aladdin.

“It was, it was a huge thing. I went back to Egypt recently and I really felt the love there,” the 28-year-old actor told Jimmy of his recent visit and growing up Egyptian and Canadian. “The last person to come out of Egypt was Rami Malek, we got Rami – but Omar Sharif was the big one. There’s a lot coming up, it’s nice.”

Mena also talked about his first pet being a bird and his new show Reprisal.

The upcoming drama series, Reprisal, from the executive producer of The Handmaid’s Tale arrives at Hulu on December 6 – Watch the trailer here!

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