Exclusive: Betty White Reveals Her Secret Love Of Sharks (VIDEO)

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It was kind of a dream come true to interview Betty White last month during a junket for The Lorax, so imagine our surprise when the conversation turned to great white sharks. Huh? Keep in mind, this is also the interview where she confessed to blowing off Zac Efron to spend time with George Clooney.

Here's how it came up: we were discussing The Lorax, which has an environmental message about protecting nature and not cutting down trees. It was a message that was near and dear to Betty's heart and one of the reasons she decided to take the role.

"We abuse our beautiful planet pretty badly these days and if we're not careful, we're going to be without things that we'll be sorry for," she said.

We asked Betty for a specific example of something she's seen disappear in her lifetime. Surprisingly, that's when Betty revealed her concern for one of the ocean's most feared creatures.

"People do terrible things to sharks and they're disappearing. Somebody says, 'Oh who cares about sharks?' We must all care about sharks. A missing piece... sooner or later, the puzzle falls apart."

Well said, Betty. Well said.

-Stacy Hinojosa It was kind of a dream come true to interview Betty White last month during a junket for The Lorax, so imagine our surprise when the conversation turned to great white sharks. Huh? Keep in mind, this is also the interview where she confessed to blowing off Zac Efron to spend time with George Clooney.

Here's how it came up: we were discussing The Lorax, which has an environmental message about protecting nature and not cutting down trees. It was a message that was near and dear to Betty's heart and one of the reasons she decided to take the role.

"We abuse our beautiful planet pretty badly these days and if we're not careful, we're going to be without things that we'll be sorry for," she said.

We asked Betty for a specific example of something she's seen disappear in her lifetime. Surprisingly, that's when Betty revealed her concern for one of the ocean's most feared creatures.

"People do terrible things to sharks and they're disappearing. Somebody says, 'Oh who cares about sharks?' We must all care about sharks. A missing piece... sooner or later, the puzzle falls apart."

Well said, Betty. Well said.

-Stacy Hinojosa

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