20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Vegan

The vegan way of life has become increasingly fashionable in recent years. But while some celebrities revert back to their meat-eating ways quicker than you can say “tofu salad,” these 20 stars have remained committed to the cause.

20. Ellen DeGeneres

Alongside wife Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres is a dedicated vegan who has even set up her own blog extolling the diet’s virtues. The talk show host made the switch in 2008 after watching Earthlings, an animal rights documentary narrated by fellow celebrity vegan Joaquin Phoenix.

19. Woody Harrelson

Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson hasn’t had an appetite for meat and dairy since the mid 1980s. The star went vegan on the advice of a New York bus passenger and has never looked back, going on to open a vegan restaurant and organic beer garden.

18. Liam Hemsworth

Woody Harrelson even managed to persuade one of his Hunger Games co-stars to investigate the benefits of veganism. Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne in the young adult series, explained in a 2015 interview with Men’s Health, “After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat.”

17. Mike Tyson

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So who would have expected the man mountain that is Mike Tyson to be a fervent supporter of the plant-based diet? The former heavyweight champion, who went vegan in 2010, has even claimed that it has eradicated all the health problems that his well-documented drug abuse had caused.

16. Elliot Page

“Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” That’s just one of the questions that 2014’s Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year, Oscar nominee Elliot Page, has posed while promoting the cause.

15. Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik was already a vegetarian by the time her sitcom Blossom came to an end. By the time she landed on The Big Bang Theory, though, she had switched to being a vegan – after realizing she could no longer draw the line between the two.

14. Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain’s mother is a vegan chef, so it’s no surprise to hear the Oscar-nominated actress is also resolutely meat-free. The star even had the props team of The Help create a fake piece of fried chicken for a scene in which her character chows down on one.

13. Peter Dinklage

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The Game of Thrones props team also had their work cut out for the scenes in which Tyrion Lannister is seen feasting on meat. The actor who plays him, Peter Dinklage, is a committed vegan and provided the narration for Face Your Food, a film by PETA encouraging others to follow Dinklage’s example.

12. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has admitted that she loves animals more than she loves most people, so it’s little wonder that the tween star-turned-pop diva decided to go vegan in 2013. The following year, she even made the bold claim to website Ecorazzi that “eating a full plant-based, whole food diet can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person.”

11. Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder took longer than most to convert to veganism, making the change in 2013 at the age of 63. However, the soul legend proved he meant business by singing a song about the diet during the “Carpool Karaoke” segment on James Corden’s late night talk show.

10. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde credits another Hollywood actress with helping her deal with the daily challenges of being a vegan. That’s because while Wilde was filming Butter in northern Louisiana with Alicia Silverstone, the outspoken animal rights activist served as Wilde’s personal chef, illustrating the range of possibilities available with even the simplest vegan ingredients.

9. Tobey Maguire

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A vegan since the late 2000s, former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire has become more committed than most. The star even refused to drive a Mercedes loaned to him during the shoot of Baz Luhrmann’s period drama The Great Gatsby because it came with leather seats.

8. James Cameron

James Cameron has claimed that it’s impossible to be a true environmentalist if you’re not eating a plant-based diet. The Titanic director has often urged the public to start growing their own food, while his wife Suzy Amis founded a school in 2006 renowned for serving only vegan food to its pupils.

7. Jason Mraz

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Jason Mraz has made some rather lofty claims about the vegan lifestyle. The singer-songwriter, who went meat and dairy-free in 2011, claims that not only does it make you brainier, healthier and more productive, it also makes you better in bed. Maybe that’ll help convert some to the cause…

6. Waka Flocka Flame

“I just didn’t want to be fat.” That’s the simple reason why Waka Flocka Flame decided to give up his beloved Chick Fil A, as the dreadlocked star explained in an appearance on Vice’s Munchies site, where he and fellow rapper Raury presented a recipe for vegan blueberry muffins.

5. Bryan Adams

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Ever wondered why gravelly-voiced rock star Bryan Adams still looks as slim now as he did when he first performed ‘Summer of ’69’? Well 20-plus years of living on a largely raw-food vegan diet is probably the answer.

4. Travis Barker

Don’t expect to see any fast food on Blink-182’s rider. The punk-pop veterans have not just one but two committed vegans in their line-up, with drummer Travis Barker making the switch after a cancer scare in 2012, and bassist Mark Hoppus following suit two years later.

3. Demi Moore

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It’s hard to believe that Demi Moore is now in her 50s. The star of Ghost and Indecent Proposal has credited her plant-based diet, along with yoga and Pilates, for helping her to keep her youthful looks.

2. Steve-O

Having pushed his body to its limits with drugs and dangerous stunts, Steve-O has been attempting to compensate since Valentine’s Day 2008. Not that a vegan lifestyle has put paid to his appetite – the Jackass star has revealed he still eats five meals a day.

1. Sia

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Sia reportedly converted to veganism after watching a documentary on Netflix called Vegucated. Of course, it’s impossible to tell whether the famously camera-shy hitmaker looks any happier, healthier or younger since making the switch.

But if you’re still not tempted to follow your favorite stars and cut out meat for good, maybe Jess Catcher’s story will help sway your decision. She was a vegetarian for 16 years, but one day, she decided to incorporate the animal product back into her diet. And what happened to her body over the course of one week provides some serious food for thought.

Catcher, a writer from Oklahoma now residing in New York City, swore she would never eat meat again when she was 14 years old. That was on June 18, 2001, and coincidently, she later found out that she had made her vow on the birthday of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, one of the most famous vegetarians in the world. McCartney’s late wife, Linda, even had her own range of vegetarian food products – which exist to this day.

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Never a big meat consumer, in any case, Catcher found it easy to give up the foodstuff completely. And in doing so she followed in the meat-free footsteps of some 7.3 million full-time vegetarians in the U.S. – or 3.2 percent of the adult population. Indeed, according to the study “Vegetarianism in America,” published by magazine the Vegetarian Times in 2008, an even greater number, 22.8 million people – or one in ten Americans – claim to largely eschew chewing meat.

With Catcher living in New York, her menu choice didn’t, however, actually place her in too small a minority. Not according to the online food delivery service Grubhub, anyway. Grubhub analyzed customer data and found that in some areas of NYC, 73 percent said “no thanks” to carnivorous options.

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But despite never really having been tempted to munch back into the meaty stuff of her own accord, Catcher became curious. Originally from the South, she’d heard family members frequently praise the fleshy delights that she was missing – particularly barbecued meat. And so a challenge came into Catcher’s mind.

Some 16 years after giving up eating meat, Catcher decided that she would try turning carnivore for a week. During those seven days she would sample different meats for the first time in more than a decade and a half to test how she reacted. The writer also planned to blog about how her body was affected by the radical change in diet. Her main objective? For her not to get sick!

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As a 30-year-old woman who had spent more than half her lifetime as a vegetarian, Catcher was, however, going back on a promise to her former teenage self. Although, that said, she’s admitted to having occasionally eaten fish since 2016, explaining, “Technically, that makes me a pescatarian.” Nonetheless, 16 years is a long time – so would her body reject red meat? In July 2017 it was time for her to find out.

Breaking the meat fast for the first time was a big deal for Catcher. So much so, in fact, that she couldn’t make her mind up about what to have. But that’s when a colleague stepped in and suggested three letters: BLT. So on the first day of her challenge, Catcher was thrown a classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. What’s more, she relished posting a selfie, posing with some rind on Instagram to freak out her veggie friends.

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She went on to say that even when she was a meat-eater, bacon had never really appealed. And she had to report that not much had changed during her break. The sandwich didn’t sit quite right with Catcher, and she confessed to enjoying the bite of sandwich with just the L and T elements. Was her meat-eat odyssey already off to a disappointing start, then?

Maybe, but Catcher was keen to push through the less-than-impressive BLT and continue her meat-eating challenge. So on the second day she joined forces with a less-than-committed “vegetarian” friend, Grace, who could never resist a round of chorizo tacos at a local Mexican joint.

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Catcher, meanwhile, had to concede that this type of pork was more enjoyable to eat than day one’s BLT. But unfortunately for her sensitive stomach, the tacos – highly flavored, packed with spices and rich meat – made for tough digestion. In fact, at one point the writer found herself queuing for the bathroom, hoping her meal wouldn’t make a sudden reappearance in front of the other patrons!

Her nausea probably wasn’t really surprising, though. After all, meat is very acidic and not easy for the body to break down and digest. Yes, after so many years without her body having to handle meat, it’s no great shock that the long-time vegetarian felt a little queasy when she first fell off the non-meat chuck wagon.

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Still, despite this brief wave of sickness, Catcher surfed it okay and made it home. Yep, she kept her Mexican food down and eventually felt much better. And she now looked forward to day three, taking her cue from the relatives who had originally made her meat-curious. For hump day of her meat week, she was going for a taste of the South courtesy of three other letters: BBQ.

Catcher was used to smothering her vegetarian meals in barbecue sauce, so she was interested to see if the marinated meat could sway her. Sadly, though, the BBQ portion of ribs, brisket of beef and chicken left a lot to be desired. True, the blogger finished off quite a bit of her large portion. But it’s also true that she had the help of some hungry roommates. Catcher wasn’t wowed; however, she did concede that this was NYC BBQ – and that it might have been “a different story if [she’d] ordered from one of the grill masters down south.”

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That said, Catcher began to think that maybe meat wasn’t worth returning to after all. Or perhaps she just needed the perfect meal to tempt her back into the flesh-eating fold. Anyway, day four arrived in the form of chicken and waffles for brunch. This Southern staple was surely the meat treat to win anyone over. And sure enough, Catcher was captivated. She had to admit that the combination of spicy syrup, sweet waffle and fried chicken was delicious. It was the great carnivorous return she had been hoping for.

Such a breakthrough deserved a liquid celebration, and celebrate Catcher did – until dawn the next morning. So, a heavy hangover duly followed when she opened her bleary eyes that afternoon, halfway through day five. Convenient comfort food was what she needed, then, and most importantly, it had to be carnivorous fare.

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Subsequently passing her favored halal street food vendor, Catcher chose to swap her usual falafel for lamb so as to keep up her challenge. And although she felt bad about eating an animal – a baby sheep – that she had sworn to avoid during her experiment, Catcher was in some ways glad that she did it. “It was by far my favorite meal of the week,” she admitted.

And despite the vegetarian guilt, Catcher was keen to keep up her meat-eating adventure. For her last two days she duly munched her way through chicken wings, a hotdog and a hamburger. It wasn’t a trouble-free experience, though. She found gnawing her way around the small bones of the wings difficult, as was the heaviness of the burger. After seven days, all that heady protein was starting to catch up with Catcher.

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So with the week wound up to a finish, what effect had the former vegetarian’s meat regime had on her – apart from a couple of bouts of nausea? Well, she admitted that all of that meat had made her feel heavier than ever before – “Like I’d gained 500 pounds,” as she put it. And Catcher’s complexion had paid the price, too.

Yes, a week of eating meat had taken its dermatological toll, causing zits to appear all over the blogger’s face. As she said, “This was the worst case of breakouts I’ve had in years… My cheeks, chin and forehead were polka-dotted with tons of pesky pimples.” So perhaps the carnivore life wasn’t for Catcher – or at least not for her skin.

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The writer believes that it was trying to cram so much fleshy foodstuff into such a short timeframe that caused this violent reaction. Especially considering the fact that she had gone so long without meat. Even so, the experience hasn’t made Catcher swear off eating meat ever again – but perhaps the lesson is moderation in all things.

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