Emmanuelle Vaugier is the stunning woman who graces everything she touches with compassion, conviction, a sparkle of humor, and a breath of elegance. As an actor, she brings a compelling depth and a mesmerizing intensity to each character that is lucky enough to be inhabited by her. To date, Vaugier’s impressive range has afforded her the opportunity to play roles spanning from Mia in the comedic hit series “Two and a Half Men” to Addison Corday in the horrific “Saw II” and “Saw IV.” However, acting is only a part of who she is. Among this celebrity’s other endeavors, Vaugier is passionate about painting, exercising, horseback riding, and her two dogs (Jack and Bella). Recently, a long sought after dream came true when Emmanuelle’s The Fluffball Foundation became a proper 501(c)(3) organization.
“I’ve always loved animals and I wanted to find a way to give back in some capacity,” Emmanuelle began in a recent interview with Examiner. “So, when I started thinking about what organization I would want to be a part of, animals seemed to be the natural place for me to give back because that’s where my love and passion lies.”
In 2009, Vaugier partnered with Best Friends Animal Society and opened up her home to host the first ever Fluffball. In the brief span of just one afternoon, Emmanuelle raised $6,000 for the organization.
“We did the first three Fluffballs for Best Friends Animal Society,” she informed. “And each year the event grew.” After the third affair, Emmanuelle decided it was time to make The Fluffball Foundation an officially recognized charity, so she applied for her 501(c)(3) status. “While waiting to be approved, we took some time to restructure the organization and figure a few things out. We had to decide what we really wanted to do and determine the best way for us to move forward.”
In December 2014, Emmanuelle’s The Fluffball Foundation became a recognized 501(c)(3).
“It’s very exciting!” Emmanuelle expressed. “The foundation grew so quickly, the responses have been great, and it’s something that has been fun for me to do. It is a tremendous amount of work, but I do have a small team of people in place who all work really, really hard.”
Vaugier told Examiner that although being an actor can be a great life, it is often fraught with extreme highs and lows. During the busy times, the inhuman pace can easily become overwhelming. Conversely, the slow periods can lead to self-doubt, worrying why the phone’s not ringing, and continually revisiting situations to ponder what could have been done differently to land the role.
“I find it’s much healthier for me to pull my focus over to things that make me happy and have nothing to do with the business,” Emmanuelle explained. “Then, the business can be what it is. Stuff happens and you roll with it. You can’t make it the sole focus of your life.”
“I’ve always had dogs at home and I think they know when you’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” she continued. “For instance, if I come home and I’m not in a great mood or I’m sad about something, it’s really interesting to see how they react. They immediately stop acting like little hyperactive ADD animals and they come sit near me and behave because they seem to instinctively know when something’s not right. They truly are a light in my life. When I come home, they are always there for me and they always put a smile on my face.”
Emmanuelle’s long-term goal for The Fluffball Foundation is to create an annual event of note that becomes something people look forward to each and every year. “I want to do good by raising awareness for different organizations. Hopefully, The Fluffball will continue to grow and include more people and more sponsors every year.”
When asked how people can get involved, Vaugier responded, “We started a CrowdRise campaign and we’ve already raised a little over $1,400. Basically, people can start their own teams and try and raise as much money as they can for the foundation. For the person who raises the most with their team, we are offering a pair of tickets to The Fluffball, which is an invite-only event. Also, anyone who donates $30 or more will receive a signed autographed photo — one that hasn’t been out there yet, something people don’t have. And please, follow our social media sites as we will have much more opportunities coming up shortly. The easiest way to help out is to donate directly to The Fluffball Foundation.”
For a limited time, Emmanuelle has a signed photo of her and Jack and Bella available for just $20 through eBay.
“The Fluffball Foundation works to support various organizations focused on animal rescue and well-being efforts across the United States through various fundraising efforts.” This year’s invite-only event is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 and it will benefit the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. For more information, visit The Fluffball Foundation’s official website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. And if you missed the other links just above, here they are again: The Fluffball CrowdRise page and Emmanuelle’s eBay page.