Whether it's a trend or a lifestyle, there's no denying that being vegan is in, especially in Hollywood. Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at all the celebs who've committed themselves to a plant-based lifestyle… starting with Miley Cyrus. The singer and actress's journey to veganism started in 2014 after coyotes killed her beloved pooch Floyd. The loss of her canine companion helped cement her determination to abandon animal products in her own life. Today, Miley uses her influence to encourage others to go vegan and has supported organizations that work to end animal cruelty, like PETA, for years. Keep reading learn about other vegan celebrities…
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It's no surprise that Miley Cyrus ex Liam Hemsworth is also vegan. The Australian actor went animal-free in early 2015 — the same year he and Miley got back together after calling off their engagement in 2013. He even attempted to get his famous older brother, "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth, to try going vegan, but Chris wasn't as committed to a wholly plant-based lifestyle and continues to eat small portions of lean meats every few days.
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Jessica Chastain has been a vegan for a really long time. After spending 15 years as a vegetarian, Jessica transitioned into a full-fledged vegan in 2007. The reason? She didn't want to "torture anything" and felt a plant-based lifestyle was the best way to achieve that goal. The swap makes sense, given that her own mother is a vegan chef!
Oscar-nominated British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was rumored to be vegan for years, and he finally confirmed it in 2018 with several casual mentions of his "plant-based diet" when discussing how he got in shape for his "Avengers" role. The same year, the "Dr. Strange" star was named PETA's most beautiful vegan of the year — and we can't help but agree.
If you want to know how Michelle Pfeiffer manages to look so amazing, she'll tell you it's her vegan diet. In 2016, she talked about her plant-based beauty and diet regimen, telling Urbanette, "You avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and your body. I really noticed a difference in my skin not too long after switching to fully vegan. And I needed to eat the fruits and vegetables to stay lean. It's all about vanity, honestly."
A doctor visit in early 2018 prompted "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo and her family to go vegan. The physician who encouraged Ellen's dietary transformation was breast cancer surgeon to the stars Dr. Kristi Funk, who routinely recommends a plant-based diet for breast and overall body health. Of the switch, Ellen told People magazine, "I don't think it's tricky at all. It's actually easier because meat you have to cook it before it goes bad. Grains and lentils and rice and beans, everything's in the pantry already. You just have to get vegetables, but vegetables stay good for a week — and I think we all feel better."
American singer Billie Eilish went vegan in 2014 and wants all her fans to follow in her footsteps. In June 2019, Billie turned up the volume, using her Instagram platform to plead with followers to recognize "farmed animals are tortured for your pleasure." Her message came on the heels of an investigation by Animal Recovery Mission, which found cases of horrific animal abuse while undercover at Indiana's Fair Oaks Farms.
"Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone has practiced a plant-based lifestyle for more than two decades. The author of vegan books "The Kind Diet" and "The Kind Mama" told Us Weekly that she believes the diet is part of why her son has such good behavior: "A lot of it is the parenting, but a lot of it is the food. When your kid feels good, they act well."
As a vegetarian for most of her life and a vegan since 2011, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman wants people to know it's never been easier to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. Hoping to spread her message to the masses, Natalie produced and narrated the 2017 documentary "Eating Animals" to expose viewers to the realities of factory farming animals in America.
How did we just find out that "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" star Zac Efron is vegan? In 2018, Zac confirmed his dietary change to Teen Vogue, sharing, "I've been experimenting with eating purely vegan … That's completely changed the way that my body works." Looking at his chiseled physique, we can't help but think going vegan was a smart decision for this handsome and talented actor.
Pop superstar Ariana Grande's love of animals made it easy for her to become vegan in 2013. As the "Thank U, Next" singer told the Mirror, a plant-based diet "can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person." In 2019, Ariana faced backlash after Starbucks unveiled her official drink, the Cloud Macchiato, and it wasn't vegan. In response, Ariana reminded her followers that they could order the "soy version" but, according to the drink's recipe, that still wouldn't make it vegan as it has egg whites to create the necessary "cloud" effect of the foam.
It's been reported that as a teen, "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage became a vegetarian and in 2014, he decided to go full vegan. It's likely Peter's longtime affiliation with animal rights groups, like Farm Sanctuary, prompted his decision to remove all animal products from his diet. In an ad for PETA, Peter encouraged others to make the change, saying, "By buying meat, eggs, and dairy products, you're paying for cruelty."
Australian pop goddess Sia was a vegetarian for years before deciding to go "full vegan" in 2014. Although we don't know much about why the Grammy-nominated "Chandelier" singer-songwriter made the switch, we do know she's passionate about protecting animals and that she suffers from a painful connective-tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos, which might be partially managed by a low-inflammation, plant-based diet.
We were just as shocked as you probably are to learn that former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson went vegan in 2009. The athlete and occasional actor made the switch by chance when wife Lakiha Spicer mentioned that she was going to try the diet. Recognizing his poor health might be influenced by his meat-heavy diet, Mike decided to try plant-based living as well. The results? He lost 140 pounds and felt healthier and stronger than ever.
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara aren't just one of Hollywood's most talented couples — they're also both vegans. Joaquin went vegan as a child after going on a fishing trip, telling Collider, "I guess to stun them they were throwing [the fish] against the side of the boat … I just had a profound strong reaction. It felt like a real injustice." Rooney went vegan in 2011, a year before she met Joaquin on the set of their film "Her." Today, Rooney even has a vegan fashion line called Hiraeth.
It turns out that Rooney Mara's little sister, actress Kate Mara, is also vegan! She reportedly transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle in 2013 after reading "The Beauty Detox Solution" by Kimberly Snyder. Kate saw veganism as a way to incorporate her love for animals with her dysfunctional digestive system and said that once she went meat-free, she felt "so much better."
Musician Moby celebrated his commitment t being vegan with a neck tattoo in 2019. "I've been a vegan for almost 32 years, so getting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet. Also, working for animal rights and animal liberation is my life's work," he captioned a Sept. 19, 2019, photo of his new art, which was inked by Kat Von D — another celebrity vegan. "And to state the obvious, it's a double entendre…thank you @thekatvond."
Celebrity tattoo artist and vegan beauty brand founder Kat Von D is also vegan. "After being a vegetarian for years, I stumbled upon the documentary 'Forks Over Knives.' The straightforward information on food and its direct connection to the current state of the world's bad health just hit home with me. After watching it, I never looked back," she told Mercy for Animals' Compassionate Living magazine in 2016. "Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself — to consider how my choices affect others — the animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on. To me, veganism is consciousness."
Not only is Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am dedicated to a plant-based lifestyle — he considers himself "violently vegan." In a 2018 interview with The Sunday Times, Will talked about his motivation for giving up animal products, explaining, "I'm fighting for a healthier me and a healthier planet. I started realizing … I was eating, like, rotted animal lactate … that came from freaking cow's [edder]? That's disgusting."
Filmmaker Kevin Smith adopted a vegan diet in 2018. "After I had a heart attack [in February 2018], my kid encouraged me to go vegan," he told Wired, referring to his actress daughter with wife Jennifer, Harley Quinn Smith. "She had been a vegan for two, three years at that point. So she was like 'I've gotta flip him,' and she did, and I became vegan." A year later, he'd lost more than 50 pounds.
Music star Ne-Yo went vegan in 2017. Not only did he lose 30 pounds, but the "World of Dance" judge's painful tendinitis, a chronic issue he's battled for years, cleared up within weeks, he revealed in the 2018 Essence Festival press room.
In 2018, British singer Ellie Goulding revealed that she was going vegan after practicing a vegetarian lifestyle since 2012. In an interview The Cut, she said, "In being vegetarian, I realized I could be an athlete and not need meat for the protein. There's actually more protein in greens than meat. Once I fully understood where meat came from … I found that concept quite hard to live with."
Woody Harrelson has been vegan for a really, really long time. The Oscar-nominated actor made the switch to a raw, plant-based lifestyle when he was just 24, right around the same time he was cast as a series regular on the sitcom "Cheers." Woody is a passionate animal rights activist who routinely speaks out about animal cruelty.
Tennis champ Venus Williams made the change to a raw, vegan diet after being encouraged by her doctor. The reason? Venus was diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome — an autoimmune disease that attacks her salivary glands and tear ducts, giving her painful chronic dry eye and mouth, fatigue and joint pain. According to her doctor, adopting a raw, plant-based diet could help combat the symptoms of Sjögren's, which made it a no-brainer. Venus' sister Serena Williams even reportedly attempted the diet for a while to support her sister.
A vegetarian since she was 12, actress Olivia Wilde eventually went full vegan, though found the diet hard to manage after her 2011 divorce from Italian filmmaker Tao Ruspoli. She eventually returned to a plant-based lifestyle but once again relaxed her dietary rules to maintain healthy pregnancies when she had kids with partner Jason Sudeikis. However, since 2016, Olivia's been back in the vegan saddle. As recently as 2018, she was spotted enjoying a vegan luncheon in Los Angeles with friends.
Actress and LGBTQ activist Ellen Page's veganism isn't just about her diet — it's about how she views the world. Ellen, who was nominated as PETA's sexiest vegan of 2014, routinely speaks out about animal cruelty in the meat industry. Back in 2011, she tweeted her support for a plant-based lifestyle, writing, "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?"
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay also happens to be vegan, although it's unclear how long ago she made the lifestyle change. In 2018, Ava shared the title of PETA's "Most Beautiful Vegan" with actor Benedict Cumberbatch. According to the Oscar nominee, black veganism isn't just a trend but a movement with "historical roots in social justice."
Oscar-winning director James Cameron, who's been vegan since 2011, is vocal about the environmental dangers of eating meat. In 2015, he shared with Men' Journal, "The great thing about this as a solution for climate change — one of a number of solutions that we need — is that it's a win-win. You're going to be healthier, you're going to live longer, you're going to look better. You're going to have fewer zits. You're going to be slimmer. You're going to radiate health. You're going to have a better sex drive. That's what shifting away from meat and dairy does."