Last updated on: 3/20/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

Famous Vegetarians & Vegans


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Billie Eilish

Singer/Songwriter, youngest person to ever win all four main Grammy awards in the same year (2019)

Vegan

In 2018, Eilish wrote on Tumblr, “i went vegan like four years ago. there were a lot of reasons. i love animals and i just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. leave animals alone. damn. also im lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin and my skin is VERY aware of that.”

Source: Ariel Scotti, “Is Billie Eilish Vegan? Plus 10 Other Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Plant-Based,” purewow.com, Feb 19, 2020

Source: Lars Crommelinck, “Billie Eilish @Pukkelpop 2019,” flickr.com, Aug. 18, 2019

Source: Gage Skidmore, “Nathalie Emmanuel Speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California,” wikimedia.org, July 22, 2016

Game of Thrones Actors

At least four actors on the TV show, Game of Thrones, are vegan:
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister),
Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei),
Jerome Flynn (Bronn),
and Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont).

Vegan

Nathalie Emmanuel explained she went vegan because, “I was hanging out with my friend Mel Wells… She’d tell me about what she was learning; that coupled with my family’s own medical history, we’ve had lots of conditions in the family, made me want to take control over what I put in my body. So I ate vegan for one week at first—I would have reassessed if it made me feel really ill, but it made me feel really good, so I carried on for another week, and then I felt even better. People kept coming up to me and telling me I looked glowy and my eyes looked really bright, so I kept going.”

Sources:
Amy Lane, “Nathalie Emmanuel Talks Turning Vegan, Finding Confidence & Becoming a Yoga Teacher,” womenshealthmag.com, Apr. 15, 2019
Daniel Palmer, “Game of Thrones Actor Jerome Flynn to Advise Vegan Crypto Project,” coindesk.com, May 21, 2019
Bella Ramsey, Instagram.com (accessed Mar. 13, 2020)
Viva.org, “Peter Dinklage,” viva.org.uk (accessed Mar. 13, 2020)


Ariana Grande

Singer

Vegan

“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know — veggies, fruit and salad — then when I get home I’ll have something else.”

Source: Emi Boscamp, “Ariana Grande Explains Why She’s Vegan,” mindbodygreen.com (accessed Mar. 16, 2020)

Source: Christopher Luu, “Ariana Grande Knows She’s Only Got Two Outfits– But She’ll Clap Back at Anyone That Brings It Up,” yahoo.com, Jan. 16, 2020


Source: G’Day USA, “G’Day USA Los Angeles Honourees,” gdayusa.org (accessed Mar. 16, 2020)

Liam Hemsworth

Actor, The Hunger Games trilogy

Vegan

“I was finishing up the Hunger Games press tour and got the flu. Woody Harrelson told me that I should try eating raw vegetables. He’s got more energy than anyone I’ve ever met, along with the nicest guy in the world, so I tried it out. Since then I’ve felt amazing and have been eating that way ever since.”

Source: Scott Henderson, “How Liam Hemsworth Stays Vegan without Losing Muscle,” menshealth.com.au, Nov. 1, 2018


Evanna Lynch

Actress, Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films

Vegan

Lynch, who had been vegetarian since age 11, found transitioning to a vegan diet difficult, stating, “I had too much of a complicated, emotional relationship to food. I found the best way for me was to be gentle and take it day by day. When I first I tried to go vegan I was angry and upset about the violence, it didn’t stick because it made me unhappy. Anything you do out of guilt is not sustainable. Eventually, it became more about celebrating veganism and life… [Friend Erik Marcus told her] to ‘crowd out’ all the animal-based products in my diet with vegan versions, so I would add things like tempeh and tofu to my meals without necessarily losing the animal-based ones right away. Gradually the animal products just fell out of my diet and I didn’t miss them as much. It made it more about the benefits of veganism.”

Source: Vegan Life, “Evanna Lynch — Role Model for New Vegans and Veg-Curious People,” veganlifemag.com, Oct. 3, 2017

Source: Tara Brady, “Evanna Lynch: ‘I Found It Was a Way of Getting Attention That I Could Control,” irishtimes.com, Apr. 6, 2016

Trixie Mattel, Twitter.com, Mar. 9, 2019

Trixie Mattel

Drag Queen persona of Brian Michael Firkus, RuPaul’s Drag Race star

Vegetarian

Mattel stated, “I’m a vegetarian, so that takes a lot of calories out of the equation. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was nine years old.

Because I travel, it’s not really financially viable to keep raw ingredients in my house. I’m always gone. I have to be careful because if I get really hungry, I break my promises to myself. For a while, I was working with Clean LA. They were delivering meals to my house, pre-portioned of vegan food. That was nice, but I was always drinking, so I didn’t see results. I went back to just feeding myself, and I went off alcohol. That got me in shape faster.”

Source: Brennan Carley, “The Real-Life Diet of Trixie Mattel, Drag Superstar and Self-Proclaimed Skinny Legend,” gq.com, Feb. 6, 2020


Madelaine Petsch

Actress, Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale

vegan

Petsch, who has followed a “plant-based” diet her whole life and became vegan at 14, said, “Being vegan keeps my body fueled and running smoothly… I felt a lot healthier. I didn’t feel as lethargic.”

Source: Jessica Migala, “The 1,7000-Calorie Vegan Meal Plan That Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch Swears by for Endless Energy,” womenshealthmag.com, Mar. 16, 2018

Source: Samantha Sutton, “Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch Says We’re about to Find out a Lot More about Cheryl Blossom” coveteur.com, Mar. 3, 2018

Source: Harald Krichel, “Actor Joaquin Phoenix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival 2018,” wikimedia.org, Feb. 20, 2018

Joaquin Phoenix

Actor, Joker

Vegan

Phoenix recalls that his whole family went vegan after he saw how fish were caught, stating, “It was so violent, it was just so intense. I have a vivid memory of my mom’s face, which—I have seen that same face maybe one other time, where she was completely speechless because we yelled at her. How come you didn’t tell us that’s what fish was? I remember tears streaming down her face… She didn’t know what to say.”

Source: Evan Romano, “Joaquin Phoenix’s Family Went Vegan after Learning ‘What Fish Was,'” menshealth.com, Oct. 1, 2019


Marvel’s Avengers Actors

While some of the Avengers went vegan during filming, others are full-time vegans:
Dave Bautista (Drax),
Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange),
Peter Dinklage (Eitri),
Winston Duke (M’Baku),
& Danai Gurira (Okoye)

Vegan

(Gurira is a pesca-vegan)

In the film Black Panther, Winston Duke’s character, M’Baku jokingly threatens Agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), “I’m going to feed you to my children if you don’t shut up! Just kidding, we’re vegetarians.” It turns out quite a few Avengers actors are vegan in real life.

Sources:
Samantha Chang, “‘Black Panther’ Star Reveals Diet and Exercise Tips,” inquisitr.com, July 1, 2018
Jacqueline Coley, “Winston Duke Shares Little but Leaves Big Impression,” sxsw.com, Mar. 7, 2019
Jacques Martin, “They Don’t Need Meat to Compete: 20 Pro Wrestlers Who Are Vegetarians,” therecipe.com, Jan. 24, 2019
Catherine Pointing, “10 Cast Members of ‘The Avengers’ Are Vegan or Vegetarian,” livekindly.co, Apr. 27, 2019
Megan Reviews, “Review #16: Black Panther (2018),” medium.com, Feb. 25, 2018
Katherine Sullivan, “No Wonder Dr. Strange Is So Fit–Benedict Cumberbatch Is Vegan,” peta.org, Apr. 25, 2018
Viva.org, “Peter Dinklage,” viva.org.uk (accessed Mar. 17, 2020)

Source: Perri Konecky, “Get to Know Winston Duke, the Black Panther Hottie You Didn’t See Coming,” popsugar.com.au, Geb. 28, 2018

Source: Bethany Heitman, “Maggie Q on the #MeToo Movement: ‘We Need to Be Talking More about the Culture That Has Supported These Men,” health.com, Mar. 6, 2018

Maggie Q

Actress, Animal-Rights Activist

Vegan

“We are seeing climate change right in front of our eyes. One of the things that is missing from political discourse, from policy, from government, is the fact that the leading cause of carbon emissions in the world is animal agriculture and no one is talking about it. This is the real issue that is driving climate change.”

Source: Joe Loria, “Maggie Q Sounds off on Why She’s Vegan,” mercyforanimals.org, Oct. 25, 2017