5 Vegan Celebrities and What They Said About It

Read about five vegan celebrities who have opened up about their vegan lifestyle.  (Photo via Getty Images)

Read about five vegan celebrities who have opened up about their vegan lifestyle. (Photo via Getty Images)

Veganuary is an annual challenge that takes place during the month of January.

Participants will spend a month eating a plant-based diet and learning about veganism.

If you want to learn more about veganism or want to try the diet yourself, you can be inspired by celebrities who have talked about veganism.

Read about five vegan celebrities who have opened up about their plant-based lifestyle.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Woody Harrelson attends a photocall for

Woody Harrelson began his journey to veganism at the age of 24. (Photo: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson, who starred in movies like “Cheers” and “Triangle of Sadness,” has been vegan for over 30 years. Although his vegan journey did not begin with activist intentions, the actor has since become an advocate for the vegan lifestyle.

Harrelson began his vegan journey at the age of 24 when he gave up dairy in an effort to get rid of allergies and acne. Currently, Harrelson sticks to a mostly raw, plant-based diet. She says she feels more energetic when she avoids cooked foods.

Harrelson is credited with inspiring other celebrities to try veganism, including Sadie Sink and Thandie Newton. Harrelson also invests in vegan brands such as Abbot’s Butcher and has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to protest animal abuse.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Joaquin Phoenix attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

Joaquin Phoenix has been vegan since he was 3 years old. (Photo by Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix, known for playing Johnny Cash and the Joker, has been vegan since he was 3 years old.

He recalls being on a boat and witnessing a fish being caught and cleaned. He stated that the violent incident motivated his entire family to become vegan.

Phoenix used his position in Hollywood to advocate for veganism. He has led protests, worked on vegan documentaries and saved a mother cow and her baby from a slaughterhouse.

When he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2020, he used his acceptance speech as a platform to highlight the cruelty of the dairy industry.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 23: Pamela Anderson poses during a photo shoot for her Broadway debut

Pamela Anderson went vegan in her 20s. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson became a vegetarian as a teenager and went vegan in her mid-20s.

Anderson has been involved in many controversial vegan campaigns throughout her career. Her “Give Fur the Cold Shoulder” ad in collaboration with PETA appeared as a billboard in Times Square in 1997. The ad featured her posing in a bikini with body parts marked, similar to how butchers mark cuts of meat.

Anderson’s openness resulted in positive change. She asked Prada to stop using fur in its collections, and the fashion house complied within a year.

Anderson also executive produced the Netflix documentary “The Game Changes,” which highlights the success of vegan athletes and posts about animal agriculture and environmental disasters on social media.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Jessica Chastain attends the Museum of Modern Art's 15th Annual Film Benefit Honoring Guillermo Del Toro at the Museum of Modern Art on December 8, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Jessica Chastain has been vegan since 2007. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain has been vegan since 2007, when she took over a two-week vegan meal delivery program from a friend. She found she had much more energy after she started eating a plant-based diet.

Although not initially motivated by activism, she still strives to make cruelty-free decisions, especially in her fashion looks and products.

She has also adopted all her pets and is a pet adoption advocate.

Actress Alicia Silverstone will be in attendance

Alicia Silverstone’s choice to become vegan was inspired by her love of animals. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Alicia Silverstone

Few Hollywood celebrities have been as vocal about veganism as Alicia Silverstone. She has been a vegetarian since the age of 8 and switched to veganism in 1998.

Her decision to become a vegan was inspired by her love of animals, but she also appreciated their health benefits. She reported that after becoming vegan, she became healthier and noticed improvements in her skin and hair. Silverstone also believes that veganism is the most effective method to combat climate change.

Additionally, the actress felt so strongly about veganism that she started a vegan lifestyle blog, “The Kind Life,” and published a cookbook based on her diet called Kind diet. After having a child, she published Kind moma guide to vegan parenting.

Young vegan woman returned with shopping from grocery store and takes out fresh organic vegetables from mesh bag and puts on kitchen table at home close up view

Vegans are less likely to die from heart disease than non-vegans. (Photo via Getty Images)

Get inspired and try vegan

The most outspoken vegan celebrities choose to go vegan for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to help promote animal welfare and the environment, or to lead a healthier life.

According to the Government of Alberta, vegans tend to:

  • They weigh less than non-vegans

  • They are less likely to die of heart disease

  • Have lower cholesterol

  • They have a lower incidence of prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer

If you want to learn more about veganism, Veganuary is a great time to give up animal products and see how it works for you.

As veganism becomes more popular, there are a number of resources and products to help you transition to a more plant-based lifestyle.

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