Vegan actors who are inspiring us to adopt a plant-based diet.
Part 2… Vegan Actors
Brad Pitt is said to have been a vegan for years, although his ex Angelina Jolie isn’t. Since Brad Pitt is vegan, he also gets mad when he sees his children eating animal based products. One of his strongest arguments and what he can incessantly go on about is the damage caused by methane gases from cattle and that should be the reason strong enough for his family to go veggie.
Former Glee star Lea Michele treats her body like a temple, and turned vegan for the health benefits as well as animal rights reasons. “It’s about being good to your body and the planet. I’m a foodie, but I think it’s much more fun to find things on the menu that are good for me,” she said. Lea was honoured by PETA in 2010 for her charity work with animals.
She might be the star of detective drama Bones, but there’s certainly no meat on her plate. The actress (and sister of actress Zooey Deschanel) has long been a vegan and a supporter of animal rights issues. She even revealed her special talent for turning co-stars over to the veg-side. “David Boreanaz used to make fun of me for being a vegan,” she said. “But then I started giving him vegan food to eat, and he loves it. Now he tries to eat vegetarian one day a week.”
Named PETA’s most beautiful vegan in 2018, Benedict Cumberbatch follows a strict plant-based diet. He announced the lifestyle change during promotion for Avengers when he was asked if he had to eat anything “gross” to get in the shape for the movie: “No, no – well, I eat a plant-based diet”
The Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto and the rest of his 30 Seconds To Mars bandmates are all strict vegans. “Well, there was a time when we used to sacrifice goats, but then we all became vegans, so we’ve been sacrificing tofu before the shows!”
Good Will Hunting star Casey Affleck – who is married to fellow celeb Summer Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix’s sister also vegan actors – is a keen animal rights campaigner and vegan. His support stems from a childhood pet. “The first dog I had was owned by an abusive couple. He was very skittish. He wouldn’t let me hold him. It was explained to me that it was because of how he was treated,” he said.
The actress revealed she’s been a vegetarian ever since she was a kid because she didn’t like the way meat smelled or tasted. Recently, Bell decided to go vegan and fully commit to a lifestyle completely free of any animal cruelty.
In early 2018, the Grey’s Anatomy actress transitioned her family — she has two daughter and one son with Chris Avery – to a vegan diet after hearing about Dr. Funk’s book, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual. “I don’t think it’s tricky at all — it’s actually easier because meat you have to cook it before it goes bad. Grains and lentils and rice and beans, everything’s in the pantry already,” she told People.
Actress Demi Moore has always taken control of her appearance and weight, whether that has been through intense workouts or eating clean. She has openly spoken about the struggles of maintaining her killer bod and apparently, being a vegan is the way forward. She has not only embraced the meat-free, dairy-free lifestyle but she has taken it raw too.
Our favorite Titanic actress went vegetarian later in adulthood and has been an active advocate for PETA for several years now. She even narrated a videos about boycotting restaurants that serve foie gras, a product made from the liver of duck or goose.
Pfeiffer says she went vegan for health reasons, but also to maintain her complexion. “Eating a vegan diet — it’s just so much healthier — and you avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and your body. I really noticed a difference in my skin not too long after switching to fully vegan,” she told Urbanette.
Another addition to vegan actors list, After being diagnosed as prediabetic in 2011, actor Alec Baldwin had no choice but to amend his unhealthy lifestyle, and as a result he turned to veganism. By January 2012, when he won the SAG award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy, he had lost a whopping 30 pounds!
One of our favorite vegan actors and an Academy Award winner has been spotted at LA’s trendiest vegan restaurants with his family – and since going veg more than a decade ago, he’s spoken out about his diet choice for PETA, even bringing his daughter into some of the media spots.
Olivia Wilde even launched her own website, WildeThings.org, to promote the vegan lifestyle she adheres to.
Rooney & Kate Mara
The two vegan actors, sisters, startng with, Rooney which has also spoken about how she avoids gluten too. Speaking to a publication in 2013, she said: “I’m gluten-free. A bunch of people in my family have celiac disease, so I stopped eating wheat about a year ago, and right away I noticed a difference. I’m also vegan; I basically eat only fruits and vegetables. I’ve never felt better than I do now.” Kate has been vegan for over five years, and explains the choice this way: “Every time we sit down to eat, we have a choice. By choosing more meat-free meals, we’re saying ‘yes’ to better health, ‘yes’ to a better environment, and ‘yes’ to better treatment of animals. Being vegan has been so good for me. I’ve never felt better … I was a meat eater for a long time, and I would have made different choices in my diet if I had known the facts about factory farming. I now feel it’s my moral obligation, and I’m very passionate about educating people on making better, more humane choices when it comes to the food we eat.”
After suffering from low energy levels, the Golden Globe nominee went vegan. Telling W Magazine about the experience, Chastain said, “I just had more energy than I’ve ever had in my whole life. I was just listening to what my body was telling me!”
The Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson is not only a vegan, but also an advocate of the raw food diet. Raw foodists believe in eating fruit, veg and nuts in its most natural form to get the maximum amount of nutrients out of them. The actor has been vegan since he was 24 years old. “I used to eat burgers and steak but I would just feel knocked out afterward; I had to give them up. Dairy was first, though,” he said to Metro UK.
Betty White has been a lover of animals all her life and once explained she could never eat an animal that she ultimately considers a best friend. White is an active supporter of the Farm Animal Reform Movement and Friends of Animals group and credits giving up red meat for her sustained youthful complexion.
The Harry Potter actress doesn’t just play a loving character — she is also a loving vegan herself. At an acceptance speech in March, Lynch said that “killing and eating animals is a betrayal of our own core humanity,” adding, “killing an innocent goes against our nature.”