Whether stars of TV or the big screen, these 17 actors all have one thing in common: They’re vegan. And they know that their fame helps them give a voice to farmed animals.
1. Natalie Portman
The stunning Academy Award-winning actress has been vegan for seven years. She also narrated and produced Eating Animals, a new documentary that received a standing ovation at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival. At last year’s annual Environmental Media Awards, during her Ongoing Commitment Award acceptance speech, Natalie discussed the environmental impacts of factory farming.
In an interview with Vanity Fair promoting her new documentary, Natalie said that there’s never been a better time to go vegan. Most recently, she sat down with Mercy For Animals to talk about veganism and her new film for an exclusive interview in Compassionate Living magazine.
2. Woody Harrelson
Woody has been vegan for more than 10 years and has been credited with helping turn actors like Liam Hemsworth and Thandie Newton on to veganism. “It’s been all good, he said of his diet. “I’m obviously much healthier.
3. Rooney Mara
Best known for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney is a die-hard vegan who is passionate about animal rights. She has teamed up with numerous animal protection charities to raise awareness for farmed animals. In 2017 she attended MFA’s Circle V music festival.
4. Joaquin Phoenix
Another passionate MFA supporter, Joaquin narrated the video from our 2014 undercover investigation of a Walmart pork supplier. He is also spotlighted in our summer 2016 edition of Compassionate Living magazine.
5. Mena Suvari
The American Pie, American Beauty, and American Woman actress is also a passionate vegan activist and has worked with numerous animal protection groups. In 2017 Mena attended MFA’s Circle V music festival.
6. Persia White
Best known as Lynn Searcy on the sitcom Girlfriends and Abby Bennett on The Vampire Diaries, Persia is also the co-producer of Earthlings, a powerful documentary that explores our relationship with nonhuman animals, including those used in food production. She is also an amazing supporter of MFA!
7. James Cromwell
James went vegetarian immediately after filming the movie Babe. He’s now a vegan. A vocal animal rights advocate and supporter of MFA, in 2012 James joined our protest against the cruel treatment of pigs by Walmart pork supplier Christensen Farms.
In 2013 the Academy Award nominee narrated the undercover video from our investigation of Pipestone System, another Walmart pork supplier, which exposed horrific animal abuse. Additionally, he narrated MFA’s Farm to Fridge documentary, which details the lives and deaths of animals at modern farms and has been viewed by millions of people.
8. Evanna Lynch
The Harry Potter star is a tireless vegan activist. Evanna has worked with MFA in the past, attending our annual gala and even hosting MFA’s founder, Milo Runkle, on her podcast.
9. Tobey Maguire
The actor who stars in Spiderman and The Great Gatsby went vegetarian in 1992 and vegan in 2009. In a 2008 interview with Parade magazine, Tobey revealed that giving up meat was an easy adjustment: “It’s never really been that hard for me. 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.
10. Alicia Silverstone
The Clueless and American Woman actress runs a vegan blog and has written a plant-based cookbook! When she’s not busy working, she’s running around after her son. So where does this mom get all her stamina? Plants, of course!
11. Liam Hemsworth
The handsome actor and partner of Miley Cyrus largely credits Hunger Games co-star and vegan Woody Harrelson with opening his eyes to animal cruelty. “After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat, Liam stated in an interview with Men’s Health. “The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do. He’s been vegan since 2015.
12. Ruby Rose
Last April the vegan Orange Is the New Black star took to Twitter to ask her 1.3 million followers to go veg as a way to combat climate change.
Trump changes to Climate change today have you feeling ill?? May I suggest turning vegan or at least vegetarian? We can be the change.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) March 29, 2017
The tweet was in response to President Trump’s decision to reverse most of Obama’s climate change initiatives and the Department of Energy’s decision to avoid phrases like “climate change and “emissions reduction in official communications.
More recently, Ruby shared on Discovery’s Shark Week her reason for going vegan.
13. Jessica Chastain
The two-time Oscar-nominated actress known for her roles in Molly’s Game, The Help, and The Tree of Life gets all her energy from plants! “I don’t want to torture anything, Jessica says. “I guess 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.
14. Elliot Knight
The vegan Life Sentence star loves to post photos of his delicious vegan food on Instagram. Last year the 28-year-old actor attended MFA’s Hidden Heroes Gala.
15. Maggie Q
The Designated Survivor star is a longtime vegan activist. Last year in an interview with South China Morning Post, Maggie Q shared why she decided to go vegan, explaining that it had all started nearly 20 years earlier when she learned about how factory farming destroys the environment. The actress shared a few statistics about the ecological benefits of a plant-based diet. “Once you’ve done the research you can’t unlearn what you know.
16. Bellamy Young
Known for her roles as President Melody “Mellie Grant in the ABC drama Scandal, the actress is a longtime vegan. Originally from North Carolina, Bellamy told Southern Living magazine, “Asheville is a great city for vegan foodies.
17. Elaine Hendrix
The actress may be known for her roles as Meredith Blake in The Parent Trap or, more recently, Ava on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, but she’s also a vegan advocate. Elaine has attended our Hidden Heroes Gala over the years and looks stunning every time she steps onto the red carpet.
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