Whether you are glancing at a tabloid in the checkout line or watching your favorite film, it can be easy to forget that celebrities are people not so different from ourselves. Sure, they may be more famous or athletically inclined, but at their core, they are still humans who have to balance their mental and physical health the same as the rest of us.
Diet is no exception. The vegan diet, in particular, has seen a spike in popularity in recent years due, in no small part, to the many celebrities that have endorsed the lifestyle and remarked on the transformative effects it has on their mental and physical wellbeing.
These stars might promote veganism in different ways and for different reasons. Still, they all agree that there are many benefits to becoming vegan, and it has unquestionably changed their lives for the better.
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is a long-time vegetarian and has been vegan since 2007. Unlike other celebrity vegans, she initially just started the diet to support a friend who was doing a vegan meal delivery service.
After a few weeks of going from vegetarian to vegan, she began to notice that she had more energy than she had ever felt in her life. She felt that her body was telling her something, so she decided to make the switch right then and there, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Tennis fan or not, you have probably heard her name. Venus Williams is a powerhouse of an athlete and a formidable tennis player. But there was a time when it almost came crashing down around her.
In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes dry eye and dry mouth as well as significant joint pain. As you can probably imagine, the symptoms took an immense toll on her physical and athletic performance.
After having to withdraw in just the 2nd round of the 2011 U.S. Open, Williams knew she had to make major lifestyle changes if she was ever going to be able to play on the court again. So, as she took time off to receive medical treatment, she also made the switch to a raw vegan diet. It was a choice that helped her get back up on her feet and return to playing.
Williams remarked that being able to play once again was life-changing in and of itself, but the fact that she could contribute to the environment and live off of cruelty-free products? For her, veganism was a no-brainer. Since then, she has been a strong advocate for the diet and promoted vegan products like soy and almond milk.
If you were on the hunt for a die-hard advocate for veganism, your search is over.
Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is your man. As if his talent wasn't enough, Phoenix, clad in his cruelty-free Stella McCartney tux, actually prefaced his Oscar acceptance speech by advocating for vegan diets and condemning the eating animals and the mistreatment of animals and the ecological scars left by the meat and dairy industries.
Phoenix used the pinnacle of his fame to speak out for a cause he believed in, and for that, we applaud him. His devotion makes sense too.
Phoenix has been a vegan since age 3, and his sentiments about the lifestyle have only grown stronger over the past four decades. Phoenix says that he doesn’t intend to force a vegan diet upon his children. However, he intends to educate them about the realities of the factory farms and slaughterhouses and allow them to choose their paths from there.
Speaking of stars with a few decades of veganism under their belt, Woody Harrelson has been on the scene for quite a while. Not only has he gone out of his way to uphold a raw vegan diet, but he also promotes several plant-based businesses that are advancing the spread of the vegan lifestyle through new and innovative products. That’s something that all of us here at MiiRO can certainly get behind.
Harrelson has also been known to mentor fellow stars in their adoption of the diet and helped his contemporaries invest in multiple vegan and eco-friendly business ventures. Harrelson has about 30 years of vegan living under his belt, and he has made the most of every moment. He hasn't limited his advocacy of veganism to lip service, either.
He has done everything from making major donations to protesting with PETA in Texas; he even wrote the foreword for a vegan cookbook! His dedication and generosity have been a serious boon to the vegan community, and we could all stand to take some notes.
Harvard graduate and accomplished actress Natalie Portman was an easy choice for this list. Like Joaquin Phoenix, Portman started a vegetarian diet as a child due to her love for animals. Later, after learning the disturbing truth about the egg and dairy industry, she decided to go full vegan.
Portman has certainly been one of Hollywood's most outspoken advocates for veganism, which she considers to be on par with other social justice movements taking place in America and around the world. Her eyes were opened to the hardships of the animals in the industry as she became more involved in women's issues. When she dove into the struggles that women face every day and the way that they’re often disproportionately mistreated, she noticed similarities in the ways that animals were treated.
After all, in the case of the egg and dairy industries, it is the female animals that are used as resources and thrown away. Portman was deeply affected by this parallel and used it to fuel her voice in the vegan community.
More Notable Vegan Celebs
These are some of the big celebrity names in the vegan world, but tons of other notables choose to avoid animal products. Their choice to go vegan might be in the name of reducing animal cruelty or supporting animal rights, or because they are a firm believer in the research that a vegan diet can expand your life length and make you a happier person.
The singer has been vegan since 2013 when she decided she loved animals too much to eat them.
The actress from Clueless has been vegan for over 20 years.
The new host of Jeopardy and former Big Bang Theory star became a vegetarian at age 19, and a few years later, became fully vegan.
This Blink-182 drummer was spurred to go on a vegan diet due to a promise he made to himself after surviving a deadly plane crash.
This Game of Thrones star went fully vegan in 2014.
Unlike some of the other stars on this list, Lizzo is a relatively new vegan.
This singer was a vegetarian for a long time before turning to full veganism in September 2012.
The former Harry Potter star is fully vegan and even founded a vegan beauty subscription box.
This filmmaker almost died from a heart attack in 2018 and afterward was convinced by his daughter to adopt a vegan diet.
The Riverdale star has been vegan since she was a child, and she says this has truly shaped her adult life.
Electronic music pioneer Moby has followed a vegan lifestyle since the mid-80s and often uses his platform to educate fans and followers on animal rights.
It was a no-brainer for singer Billie Eilish to adopt a vegan diet after learning about the meat and dairy industries when she was a child. Billie often encourages fans to go vegan, too!
When Rainn Wilson realized he loved his pet pigs more than he loved eating bacon, it made sense for him to go vegan. Rainn Wilson has fully committed to the vegan diet, telling talk show host Conan O’Brien that he is now “that vegan who asks for vegan food at restaurants.”
Citing both health and environmental reasons, the “Isn’t She Lovely” singer has been vegan since 2014.
In 2014, Elliot Page was named “World's Sexiest Vegan” by PETA. Page is a staunch supporter of animal rights and often speaks out about injustices surrounding the meat dairy industries.
One of the most famous F1 drivers is also one of the most famous vegans! Lewis Hamilton has said that he wished he made the decision to go vegan earlier in life — but we sure are glad he’s vegan now!
Rooney Mara started off being vegetarian but recently switched to become entirely vegan. Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are the ultimate vegan power couple in our eyes.
Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has been following a vegan diet for 30 years. Anderson is outspoken about animal rights on social media and during interviews.
Alan Cumming received the “Humanitarian Award” in 2017 from PETA and has often talked about how eating a vegan diet helps “keep [him] young.”
Sia is a bit of a private celebrity, but she has tweeted about becoming vegan to her followers.
After being vegetarian for over 30 years, Russell Brand took the plunge to become vegan around 2017. “Society nagged me into being vegan,” the comedian quipped.
One of the nation’s most famous football players, Kaepernick has been vegan for a couple of years now. He has even teamed up with Ben and Jerry’s for an ice cream flavor collaboration called “Change The Whirled.”
Stranger Things’ favorite redhead Maxine Mayfield, aka Sadie Sink, is vegan! She was inspired by fellow vegan activist Woody Harrelson.
Reality TV star Lucy Watson has a meat-free, dairy-free cookbook called “Feed Me Vegan.” She loves the tofu, veggies, and whole grains that make up her vegan diet.
Kat Von D
Tattoo artist and makeup guru Kat Von D went vegan in the year 2011. Her makeup line is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, containing no animal products. KVD doesn’t test on animals, either!
The “I’m Yours” singer is a supportive friend to those he loves. He adopted a vegan diet in solidarity with a friend who developed type 2 diabetes, which can be managed with the help of a plant-based diet.
Toby McGuire has said that he never really cared for eating meat, even before he went vegetarian or vegan (in 1992 and 2009, respectively!).
Singer Bryan Adams has credited his over 30 year vegan streak as giving him long-lasting health benefits. He has also invested in a startup non-dairy milk company based out of his native Canada.
Another celebrity who has reaped the benefits of a vegan diet. Mya has often called her vegan lifestyle her “fountain of youth.” Mya has a vegan starter guide on her website and encourages fans to try vegan challenges!
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley considers herself vegan, eating plant-based foods as much as possible.
Going vegan “cold turkey” (no pun intended) wasn’t difficult for actress Emily Deschanel in 1997. She has been a vegan ever since and has chosen to raise her children on a vegan diet.
Giving up cheese was initially difficult for Mara, but she did (with the help of plenty plant-based alternatives). Now, the actress has been vegan for over five years. She started a vegetarian diet for animal advocacy but switched to veganism for her health and wellness.
When actress Ruby Rose learned about the horrors behind shark fin soup as a child, it quickly put her down the path to veganism. Rose has stated that she has absolutely no plans to go back to an omnivore diet.
Orange Is The New Black star Danielle Brooks is newly vegan as of 2022, and we couldn’t be more happy for her! We wish her all the luck as she navigates her vegan journey.
1975 was a while ago — but we’re sure the time has flown by for actor James Cromwell, who went vegetarian that year. Twenty years later, he fully committed to veganism after working alongside barnyard animals in the family film “Babe.”
Benedict Cumberbatch made his presence known in the vegan sphere by speaking about his plant-based diet while promoting the Avengers movies.
Actress Nathalie Emmanuel used to suffer from chronic migraine headaches. In a hunt to take control of her health, she realized that her migraines were brought on by consuming dairy. The rest is history, and Nathalie now follows a vegan diet.
Superstar rapper and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am says that being vegan has helped him lose weight and lower his cholesterol, explaining that becoming a vegan has “transformed his life.” Initially choosing vegan options for health reasons, Will.i.am is now an advocate for animal rights as well.
You may know Brian May as the guitarist from the legendary rock band Queen. After suffering from a heart attack, May became vegan. Now, he is known for speaking out about the advantages of eating plant-based meals.
Maggie Q has been a vegan for over twenty years! Animal derived products will never be found in Q’s diet.
Actor Theo Rossi of Sons of Anarchy fame has said that his connection to animals was the driving force to becoming vegan in his 20s. Some of his favorite vegan foods are fruits and almond butter!
Boy George has lost weight on a raw vegan diet, enjoying juicing fruits and veggies to stay plant-based.
Casey Affleck doesn’t shy away from his reasoning behind adopting a vegan diet back in 1995. He is outspoken about animal injustices, and he urges his fans and followers to eat less meat and more plants.
Morrissey is one of the world’s most well-known and outspoken vegans. When Morrissey performs at music festivals or concerts, he specifically requests that food vendors not serve any meat or dairy. Morrissey, known for fronting The Smiths, who even have an album titled Meat is Murder.
Staying lean isn’t hard for Jared Leto, thanks to his vegan diet. He has spoken about getting all of the protein his body requires from plant-based sources without the need for meat or dairy.
Ellen Pompeo plays a doctor on Grey’s Anatomy, and it was a visit to her doctor that caused her to gravitate towards a vegan diet. Her family has since made the switch, as well!
Being vegan seemed to come naturally to actor Zac Efron, who enjoys his share of smoothies while on set for movies like The Greatest Showman.
Beyoncé has incorporated many vegan meals into her diet.
Bill Clinton is transparent about adhering to a vegan diet as being the key to his health. More energy, weight loss, and coping with heart disease are all benefits that the 42nd president of the United States has apparently gained since being vegan.
As a model, it was a big deal for Gisele Bundchen to go fur-free for the animals. She has also drastically cut back on her consumption of meat and dairy for the cause.
Ellie Goulding has been a vegan for a few years now, and a vegetarian for longer before that. She has talked openly about trying to fully commit to a vegan diet!
Madonna sticks with a macrobiotic diet, which shares a lot of similarities with veganism. A macrobiotic diet puts emphasis on whole foods, low sugar, no alcohol, and organic produce.
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi is vegan, and she isn’t afraid to chat about the lack of acceptance she sometimes feels from society surrounding veganism. She has said, “It’s more difficult being vegan than being gay.”
We can thank a sweet baby calf for helping Daryl Hannah make the switch to a vegan diet. Hannah was playing with a calf, then was horrified to learn that they would become veal. Veganism seemed like the advocacy answer!
We’ve all followed Miley Cyrus’s evolution throughout the years: from Hannah Montana to swinging on a wrecking ball for a music video and beyond. Another way that Miley Cyrus has shown her evolution was through becoming a vegan.
Cyrus’s former beau Liam Hemsworth has given his vegan diet credit for helping him meet his body goals and providing him with stamina.
After viewing a slaughterhouse documentary at age 10, Jenna Dewan went vegan and has never looked back. She even influenced ex-husband Channing Tatum to incorporate more plant forward dishes into his daily diet.
Olivia Wilde is another celebrity who went vegan at a young age. We give her so many props for sticking with it and being such an advocate for the animals.
Oscar-winning director James Cameron is an environmental activist, so it makes total sense that he would adopt a plant based lifestyle. He also speaks to the health benefits one can gain from following a vegan diet.
Bellamy Young suffered from cystic acne breakouts and has said that being vegan has helped to clear her skin. “Being vegan keeps me young!” she says — this seems like a common refrain amongst these vegan celebs!
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t hold back in terms of professing her love of carbs. She finds that being on a vegan diet allows her to eat what she wants in a healthy and sustainable way.
Should You Go Vegan?
Celebrities aren't the only ones who can get out there and make a difference. Sure, they may have a wider platform, but you don't need that to positively influence the world around you. By doing things like recycling, composting, and, of course, going vegan and spreading the word, you can reduce your impact on our environment and help make our planet a happier, healthier place.
Whether you are a long-time vegan or a prospective new vegan, there are tons of resources available to ensure that making the world a better place can be healthy for your body and taste fantastic!
If you are looking for a place to start, our magazine and MiiRO TV have tons of good meal ideas. We recommend the desserts in particular. Try our keto and vegan chocolate cake! It’s mouthwatering and unapologetically chocolatey. Throw in some of our vegan baking chips and make it a party. You won’t be disappointed.