15 Celebs You Didn't Know Were Vegan
The extremely talented British singer-songwriter admits being vegan is a challenge, but that doesn’t stop her from hitting her nutrition goals.
“I call myself an aspiring vegan. It’s challenging, but not impossible. You just have to eat or drink a lot of greens. I make green juice for myself almost every day. I put in things like bananas, avocado, spinach, broccoli—whatever’s in my fridge, really. Sweet-potato fries and salad is my absolute favorite thing. It’s the perfect meal. I eat a lot of quinoa and nuts too, but I also love eating chips. It’s actually easy to be a bad vegan because a lot of junk foods are vegan!” ~Ellie Golding
2. Miley Cyrus
Miley is undoubtedly one of the most well-known vegans in the music industry, and her transition into veganism started at an early age.
“The reason that I started this was because I had a fish that was highly intelligent. He really knew who I was, he really got excited when I was home. One day I went to a sushi restaurant with a few of my friends and they were serving blowfish. And I thought, this is an intelligent animal.” ~Miley Cyrus
3. Ariana Grande
In November of 2013, Ariana decided to entirely change her diet to vegan with health and happiness being her biggest motivators.
“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.” ~Ariana Grande
4. Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin was a large influence on Ellen DeGeneres’s decision to go vegan, with his extremely powerful narration of Earthlings the documentary.
“I’ve been a vegan since I was about 3 years old and involved in animal rights for years. I’ve seen a number of animal rights films throughout the years, none has affected me as profoundly as Earthlings.” ~Joaquin Phoenix
5. Natalie Portman
Once a vegetarian for 20 years, Natalie transitioned into eating 100% vegan in 2009 after she read Jonathan Safran’s Eating Animals, and now refers to herself as a vegan activist.
“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.” ~Natalie Portman
6. Liam Hemsworth
Some might say it was Miley Cyrus’s influence on Liam fully committing to veganism, but he himself claims otherwise.
"I have a lot of friends who are vegan. Woody Harrelson was actually one of the original reasons I became vegan, because he’s been vegan for, I don’t know, 30 years or something.” ~Liam Hemsworth
7. Ellen Page
Stemming from her core belief in social justice, Ellen has a very strong emotional tie to veganism and is pretty outspoken about it.
“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?” ~Ellen Page
8. Jessica Chastain
The daughter of a vegan chef, Jessica has been a vegetarian for over fifteen years and a vegan for eight.
“I’m a vegan. I don't want to torture anything. I guess its about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world.” ~Jessica Chastain
9. Alicia Silverstone
Actress, producer, author and activist, Alicia became a vegan in 1998 after she attended an animal rights meeting.
“Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions […] Can’t think of anything better in the world [than being] vegan” ~Alicia Silverstone
10. Ellen DeGeneres
As one of the most famous television personalities, Ellen has been a vocal animal advocate in the past and uses her famous show to bring awareness to the mainstream audience.
“I became vegan because I saw footage of what really goes on in the slaughterhouses and the dairy farms” ~Ellen DeGeneres
11. Woody Harrelson
Being a vegan for more than 11 years, Woody initially turned vegan after learning he was lactose intolerant.
“Really, my message is simple. It’s a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly out of control, we have to realize that we’re all related. We have to try to live harmoniously.” ~Woody Harrelson
12. Casey Affleck
An avid animal rights advocate, Casey urges his fans to avoid meat, calling it “poison” not only because it is the product of animal cruelty, but also because it is a health nightmare.
“Imagine living in a cage in the dark, unable to move, day after day. The suffering of today’s American farm animals is almost beyond belief. They don't have a choice, but you do, and their lives depend on it.” ~Casey Affleck
Sia is definitely shining bright like a diamond - she decided to go vegan in May 2014 in a tweet she revealed to the world.
“I’m vegan all the way!” ~Sia
14. Stevie Wonder
A vegan since 2014, Stevie is passionate about making our planet greener and spreading the vegan lifestyle far and wide.
"I'm motivating people to do something about how we are living on this planet […] We have to be about making our planet more greener, the urban areas more sustainable for the children” ~Stevie Wonder
15. Peter Dinklage
The Game of Thrones superstar has been a vegetarian since childhood and more recently a vegan, doing his part to end the suffering of routine abuse in factory farms.
“I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m vegan.” ~Peter Dinklage