Famous vegans are far and few between. After all, many rich, successful celebs take pleasure in indulging in the finest meat and dairy products the world has to offer. But some stars couldn’t be prouder of their plant-based diets.
Actresses Pamela Anderson and Mayim Bialik have long been open about being famous vegans, citing both concerns for animal rights and their health. But some of these vegan celebrities may surprise you. Carrie Underwood? And Stevie Wonder? Who would’ve guessed? Not us!
Find out who some of the most famous vegans in Hollywood are below—and see what they have to say about “vegging” out!
Famous Vegans Olivia Wilde
“The person who really showed me the best way to do it was Alicia Silverstone,” the actress revealed in an interview with Look.co.uk. “We were shooting a movie called Butter and we were in Northern Louisiana – where there is no vegetarian food – and she cooked the most incredible recipes from the Kind diet for me everyday. I have never looked or felt better in my life.”
Famous Vegans Carrie Underwood
“I am a vegan but I consider myself to be a practical vegan,” the country star confessed to Women’s Health. “If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top, I’m not going to send it back.”
Famous Vegans Ellen Degeneres
“Honestly, I would eat cardboard rather than go back to eating animals,” the daytime host dished on the Rachael Ray Show. “That’s just me, because I did it for a lot of different reasons, but if you’re doing it for health reasons and it’s not an animal issue for you… there are good foods out there; you just have to search them out, because unfortunately not everyone encourages this.”
Famous Vegans Pamela Anderson
“I’ve been variations of vegetarian for over 20 years. I'm Canadian so I always say: Be the best you can be. The more [animal products] you remove from your diet, the better you feel. The difference between vegetarian and vegan is huge. I feel so much better as a vegan,” the actress said in an interview with Elle.com.
Famous Vegans Stevie Wonder
"I've been a vegan for two years, so that's helped my already good-looking self," joked the legendary singer in 2016. "I think that eating healthy is important."
Famous Vegans Jessica Chastain
“I don't want to torture anything," the actress said of her lifestyle choice. "It's about trying to live a life where I'm not contributing to the cruelty in the world. While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here."
Famous Vegans Jason Mraz
"I ride longer distances on my bike, can do more pull-ups than ever, and my brain seems to have a larger capacity for new projects, problem solving, songwriting and fielding random questions,” the singer-songwriter raved on his blog. "My health and strength make me a better performer and all that combined gives me more confidence to go out in the world and shine my light.”
Famous Vegans Alicia Silverstone
“Nothing's changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions, and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can't think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan,” the actress has said about her experience giving up meat.
Famous Vegans Mayim Bialik
“A taste aversion stopped my eating meat, then my deep love and respect for animals started informing more and more of my decisions,” the Big Bang Theory star revealed to the Vegetarian Times. “I had an innate sense of wanting to be vegan, but I needed more information. The change was gradual, which let me think through every step.”
Famous Vegans Tobey Maguire
"It's never really been that hard for me,” the Spiderman star revealed to Parade magazine. “I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all."
Famous Vegans Joan Jett
“Twenty years ago I thought: What's the difference between eating a bloody steak and killing my dog, slitting him open and roasting him?" the rock star, who has been a vegan since the 1980s, said.
Famous Vegans Joaquin Phoenix
“I was 3 years old—to this day it is a vivid memory. My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn't disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them,” the actor opened up to PETA.
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