6 Vegan Actors That Will Make You Change Your Life

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When you think of Hollywood, do any vegan actors spring to mind?

Hollywood celebrities are known for their lavish lifestyles, outrageous parties and influence over millions of people. Some celebrities use their fame to promote their new book or film, while some celebs promote more important matters like veganism!

Currently, there are numerous Hollywood actors that are in fact vegan. Some you probably already know about and some you definitely don’t.

To show you that all Hollywood actors aren’t just stuck up snobs, we’ve found 13 famous actors that you probably never knew were vegan. To keep things simple we’re strictly sticking to actors who have appeared in movies on the big screen. Sorry Miley, you’ll have to wait until our next list.

If you want to be as cool as these celebs, then you need to go vegan! Here are our picks of the best vegan actors in Hollywood.

Tobey Maguire

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Known for his roles as Spider Man and Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby, Tobey is used to being in the spotlight. However, a few years ago Tobey found himself in the newspapers due to his vegan lifestyle.

Whilst shooting the Great Gatsby, Tobey was offered a brand new Mercedes to use while filming. His reaction? He sent it back because it had leather seats inside.

For those of you that don’t know, Tobey has been a vegetarian since 1992 and recently became a vegan in 2009. During an interview with Parade Magazine, Tobey stated:

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.

Tobey Maguire on Veganism

Another fun fact is that Tobey was actually voted the world’s sexies vegetarian by PETA back in 2002. Obviously he’s a vegan now so there’s a good chance he’ll get another award

Jared Leto

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This Oscar winning actor and frontman has appeared in several notable films including Dallas Buyers Club and Suicide Squad.

Known for gaining and losing weight for a variety of his roles, Jared has embraced the plant based diet for over a decade. He also credits his youthful appearance to his vegan diet and “lots of sleep”. In an interview with GQ Leto stated:

If you travel long haul a lot or don’t sleep much, it’s not going to last very long, that’s for sure. I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.

Jared Leto on Staying Young

Joaquin Phoenix

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If you’ve watched all of the movies on our vegan documentaries list then this name should come as no surprise.

Starring in the award winning film Earthlings and Unity, Joaquin is not afraid to share his vegan views with the world. In fact, he uses his power and influence to convince other people to go vegan. What a guy!

In an interview with Cover Media, Joaquin recalled the story of how he and his siblings became vegan.

I was three. There were five kids and we literally screamed at our parents and said, “We are never going to eat meat again.” Because we were on a boat, and they were catching fish, and they were throwing fish against the side of the boat in order to kill them, they are flopping around, so these kids, there were five of us, no there were four of us, one of them was pregnant with my younger sister, and it was undeniable that it was brutal, barbaric and horrible for us, and so we said that. I remember my mum not being to answer and we said, ‘Why didn’t you tell us that’s where meat came from?’ And she didn’t know what to say. I feel like I have this memory of seeing her crying.

Joaquin Phoenix on Becoming Vegan

Casey Affleck

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This Oscar winning actor is primarily known for his roles in Manchester By the Sea and The Assassination of Jesse James. However, something you probably didn’t know about Casey is that he is a die hard vegan.

He’s so committed to veganism that Casey has used his fame and influence to convince people not to eat meat. Here it from Casey himself.

The speech you saw above was an collaboration with PETA which was meant to be aired on TV stations all over the US. However, many networks banned the advert saying it was too gruesome and gory. They had to make a new version of the advert just to get it aired on TV. Despite the setback, Casey has continued to promote veganism and does everything in his power to get the message out.

Now if only he could convince his older brother to become vegan…

Woody Harrelson

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One of Hollywood’s nicest actors, Woody Harrelson has starred in A LOT of moves. From the Hunger Games to Zombieland to No Country for Old Men, Woody is most certainly a Hollywood heavyweight.

Woody might be a tough guy on the screen, but he’s also a tough guy standing up for animals off the screen. A long time vegan, Woody has teamed up with PETA on various projects to help spread the message of veganism. Whilst working with PETA he managed to secure the release of 14 research chimpanzees and has funded various other vegan projects. As you can see, Woody is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.

In an interview with the Metro, Woody explained how and why he became vegan.

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. I was on a bus when I was about 24 and this girl saw me blow my nose – and I had acne all over my face. She told me I was obviously lactose intolerant and that if I gave up dairy my symptoms would disappear in a matter of days. She was right.

Woody Harrelson on Becoming Vegan

Alec Baldwin

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Having starred in countless films over his lengthy Hollywood career, Baldwin has stuck to a vegetarian diet for decades before recently becoming vegan.

In 2011, Baldwin was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and had to make changes to his diet. This involved ditching the milk, eggs and yoghurt and sticking to plant based foods. After switching to his new diet, Baldwin lost over 30 lbs and reversed his pre-diabetic symptoms. This just goes to show how healthy a plant based diet is.

He also narrated PETA’s Meet Your Meat video back in 2002.

One of Baldwin’s most famous quotes is the story of how he became vegan.

I quit eating beef when I was somewhere between 10 and 13 because we do have cows and I did bottle feed them and stuff like that. They were like my pets. I had an incident one day that made me refuse to eat beef ever, ever again. Later on, my neighbor had pigs, and I thought they were cute, and it just kind of went on and on from there. I phased it out over a period of time. My parents were actually banding calves. Basically, it was to make them grow bigger so people could eat them, and they were so cute, and it just made me sad.

Alec Baldwin on Veganism

Let These Vegan Actors Inspire You

If these 6 vegan actors can be vegan, even with their busy lifestyles, then so can you.

Ditch the meat, dairy and eggs and start to enjoy the benefits of a plant based diet. You won’t be disappointed!