In-Depth with Loving the Silent Tears
Susie Castillo (Vegan)


“I’m so honored and I am very proud to be here at an event that is promoting peace and love on the planet.”

— Susie Castillo,
television host, actress and former Miss USA; vegan

In 2003, Puerto Rican and Dominican beauty Susie Castillo became the third Latina ever to win the Miss USA pageant, prompting People en Espaņol to name her one of the “25 Most Beautiful” and launching her career in entertainment.

Ms. Castillo most recently co-hosted the NBC series School Pride to help empower communities across the US. One of her most notable high-profile jobs was as daily host on the popular youth entertainment channel, MTV.

MTV Radio Network developed TRLatino, airing in the US and Puerto Rico, for Ms. Castillo to host. She has also hosted on CBS Sports, NBC, Live! with Regis and Kelly as guest host, and the Miss USA pageant live telecast.

Winning the Miss USA beauty pageant in 2003 (above), health-conscious vegan
Susie Castillo shines with inner beauty, as well.
MTV host Susie Castillo interviewing Tom Cruise

As an actress, Susie Castillo portrayed Mercedes Hernandez on the hit TBS sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, among other shows. She also co-starred in the Hallmark Channel’s A Holiday Engagement, and was featured in the independent film More Than Stars and Disney’s feature film Underdog.

Ms. Castillo currently lives in Los Angeles and spends time supporting her favorite non-profits for children and animals. She lives a green, vegan lifestyle.

For Loving the Silent Tears, media such as PopStop TV, Go Vegan Radio and Environmentally Sound Radio interviewed Ms. Castillo about her career, her compassionate lifestyle, and the musical. Let’s find out about what she had to say.

Q: As a daily host of MTV’s popular show, TRL (Total Request Live), you’ve interviewed some of the biggest celebrities in entertainment. Tell us about one of your most memorable guests.

Susie Castillo: I interviewed everyone from Jennifer Lopez, to Christina Aguilera, Shakira, but I think one of my favorite people that I ever interviewed while I worked at MTV was probably Tom Cruise. He was just very gracious to everyone. He stayed for the entire hour of the show and every commercial break, just stayed out there and talked to the kids and it was just really nice.

Q: You have so many young teenaged fans who look up to you as a role model. In fact, they inspired you to write your first book, Confidence is Queen: The Four Keys to Ultimate Beauty through Positive Thinking. Tell us about the message you wanted to share through your book.

Susie Castillo: The message basically is that beauty, true beauty, starts within. When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, are you following your dreams? Are you doing what your spirit truly wants to be doing? And so I encourage the readers to figure that out first, and the first key is about spirituality, which I believe is the foundation of life. And if you’re connected to that and enlightened, then you’re able to build upon that and you have a strong foundation.

Q: It’s fantastic of you to encourage young people to lead meaningful lives. Speaking of which, we learned that October 27 is not only the date of the premiere of Loving the Silent Tears musical, but it is also your birthday! So how do you feel about spending your birthday in this way?

Susie Castillo: I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than by attending an event promoting peace for everyone. And promoting veganism, I think it’s such an important message. And to celebrate Supreme Master Ching Hai and her fantastic poetry.

Q: What influenced you to develop a love and respect for animals?

Susie Castillo: I remember as a child, my grandma instilling in us that no matter how little you think you have, there are always people and beings that are suffering on the planet and have even less than us. As I’ve grown older, the love just continues to grow for all living beings. It breaks my heart when I see animals being mistreated. As we all know, in agriculture, that’s like one of the biggest mistreatments that animals endure in our country.  The more I educated myself about the subject, the more I was able to make wiser, more intelligent decisions in my life.

Q: Through your blog and simply by being a good example of healthy living, you have helped others to make beneficial changes in their lives. Why do you spend the time to let others know about the vegan lifestyle?

Susie Castillo: I just think it’s really important; you get this one body in this lifetime, and we should treat it appropriately and not trash it. And so many people trash it, myself included before I educated myself. I’ve seen some tremendous positive changes in my health in the last six years when I switched to a plant-based diet and I wanted to share that with the world. I don’t even get colds anymore and that alone is a gift. So I try to just shout it from the rooftops.

Q: Is there a motto or principle that you live by?

Susie Castillo: I live by the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. And to me, that includes animals as well. They should be loved. They are souls on this planet just like we are.

With a loving heart and positive thinking as cornerstones in her life, it’s easy to see how Ms. Castillo achieves her inner and outer beauty.

The Artists and Creative Team:

The Presenters: Guest Speaker: George Chakiris (Vegetarian)  /  MC: Susie Castillo (Vegan)  /  MC: Corey Feldman (Vegetarian)  /  MC: Kelly Packard (Vegetarian)  /  MC: Kristoff St. John (Vegetarian)  

The Cast: Camellia Abou-Odah (Arab region)  /  Flo Ankah (France)  /  Black Uhuru (Jamaica)  /  Liz Callaway (Australia)  /  Junior Case (Conductor)  /  Patti Cohenour (Joy)  /  Luke Eberl (Pete)  /  Debbie Gravitte (USA)  /  Hồ Quỳnh Hương (Vegan)(Âu Lạc)  /  Mark Janicello (Vegetarian) (Italy)  /  Brian Joo (Korea)  /  Liel Kolet (Israel)  /  Kiril Kulish (Russia)  /  Katie McMahon (Ireland)  /  Heather Park (Vegan) (Korea)  /  Fabiana Passoni (Brazil)  /  Jon Secada (Cuba)  /  Siavash Shams (Iran)  /  Kay Tse (Vegetarian) (China)  /  Jody Watley (Africa)  

The Composers: Jorge Calandrelli  /  Al Kasha  /  Doug Katsaros  /  Henry Krieger  /  Don Pippin  /  Nan Schwartz  /  David Shire   

The Creative Team: Director: Vincent Paterson  / Choreographer: Bonnie Story   /  Production Scenic Designer: John Iacovelli  /  Writer: Frank Evans, Writer: Cynthia Lewis Ferrell