Comedian Russell Brand is a longtime vegetarian, having given up meat at 14 years old because “you shouldn’t eat animals, it’s mean to them.” In 2011, Russell was crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity and he often boast about that fact that nothing could ever get him to eat meat. Even when he was addicted to heroin, Russell stayed true to a vegetarian diet. Is that commitment or what?!
In an interview with Oprah, Alicia Silverstone spoke of her vegan lifestyle saying, “I just took a look at my dog and said, ‘If I’m not willing to eat you, how can I continue to eat these other creatures that have the same desire to live, are just as funny, just as cute as my dogs?’” Since becoming fully vegan in 1998 at 21 years old, the Clueless actress has been a prominent vegan
activist and even authored two books encouraging a plant-based diet.
In 2015, Miley Cyrus was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity after revealing she had recently become vegan. A number of factors went into her making the dietary decision with one being the ownership of a pet pig and a “highly intelligent” pet fish. Today she continues to be committed to her meat-free lifestyle even going so far as to say, “I’d eat dirt before an animal.”
It’s much easier to commit to a meat-free lifestyle when you have a partner who’s willing to run the race alongside you! In the case of Miley Cyrus, her fiancé Liam Hemsworth is equally against the mistreatment of animals and also held the title of PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity. He spoke of his vegetarian lifestyle in an interview with Men’s Fitness saying “After all the information I gathered…I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.”
As a child, Kristen Bell had a hard time disassociating the animals she cuddled with from the animals on her plate. She also never really cared for the taste of meat and was a big lover of fruits and vegetables. All this led to Kristin becoming a vegetarian at just 11 years old. In 2012, she went full vegan after watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and today she continues to be a animal activist and conscientious eater. Much like the other celebs in this list, Kristen was crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2006 alongside the late-singer Prince.
Comedian Sarah Silverman has been having turkey-free Thanksgivings since she was 10 years old which is when she found out what actually happened to her Thanksgiving dinner before it got to her plate! She told the story in an interview with Marie Claire saying, “My dad took me over to a neighboring farm to help get stuff for the meal. The farmer, Vic, told me to look at all the turkeys and pick one out. I saw a cute one with a silly walk and cried, ‘Him!’ Before my pointing finger had even dropped to my side, Vic had grabbed the turkey by the neck and slit [the animal’s] throat. Blood and feathers went flying. I had sentenced that turkey to death! Up until then, I didn’t know where meat came from — and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.”
Actor and musician Jared Leto is widely known for his looks and youthful appearance which he attributes to “20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself.” In 2014, Jared was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian and today he continues to stay devoted to his long-standing plant-based diet. Jared spoke of his attempts to go fully vegan saying, “I’m actually a cheagan, a cheating vegan. I don’t eat meat ever. But if someone’s mom made a cookie and handed it to me, I’d probably take a bite, or if I’m in Alaska and there’s wild salmon out of the river, I’d probably eat it.”
Country superstar Shania Twain would agree with Jared’s anti-aging secret as she also credits a leafy vegetarian diet for her youthfulness appearance! Unlike many other vegetarian/vegan activist, Shania is a big believer in not preaching vegetarianism. Though her decision to be a vegetarian was the right choice for her, she believes in encouraging people that their eating habits have to be right for them emotionally, spiritually and physically whether vegetarian or not.
Though actress Kate Winslet has only been vegetarian in her adult life, she’s been faithful to her decision and shows no signs of returning to her old lifestyle. Much like Miley and Liam, it also helps that her husband is a committed vegan! Kate spoke about her fully plant-based household saying, “Our fridge is always full of spinach, kale, cucumbers. I’m vegetarian and my husband is vegan, so there’s a lot of plant-based focus in our home.”
Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has been vegetarian since 1992 and full vegan since 2009. In 2002, Tobey was bestowed the honor of being named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity alongside actress Natalie Portman. Some reports suggest Tobey is so strict on his animal cruelty stance that he doesn’t even allow leather in his house! If you’re a guest with any type of leather clothing on you, be prepared to be asked to remove it before coming through his front door.