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16 Famous Vegans and Vegetarians

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Kelly Bryant is a writer whose work has appeared in such magazines as "Teen," "Glamour" and "Fit Pregnancy" and online outlets like AOL, OKMagazine.com and BabyZone.com. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

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16 Famous Vegans and Vegetarians
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Famous folks like Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt and Woody Harrelson have long been outspoken about living a plant-based lifestyle. But a larger Hollywood contingency seems to be making their meals meatless these days. For example, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are trying a vegan diet for 22 days this month! Read on to see 16 famous vegans and vegetarians.

1. Kal Penn
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Despite starring in the raunchy comedy "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," actor Kal Penn won't touch those tiny fast food burgers, according to VegetarianStar.com. It's been reported on set that he munched on veggie sliders instead. Penn occasionally takes time off from acting to pursue his interest in politics, even working in the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama’s administration. Fans can currently catch the actor on the new CBS sitcom “We Are Men.”

2. Betty White
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Believe it or not, Betty White has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. A huge advocate for animal rights, the "Hot in Cleveland" star has said she could "never see herself eating a best friend."

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3. Kevin Nealon
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Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon is thrilled there are more vegetarian options available than ever before. The actor, who has been a vegetarian for over 24 years, tells "Bon Appetit" that Sunday mornings involve quite a bit of vegetarian bacon in his house. “At home, we adults like to eat Morningstar Farms veggie bacon and patty sausages, and I like Boca Burgers,” says the former “Weeds” star. “I have oatmeal just about every morning. I make it with some vanilla soy milk and I put raisins and slivered almonds in it, plus some banana, blueberries, raspberries–and then I sprinkle some cinnamon on top.”

4. Kristen Bell
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"I had a lot of quirks as a child," Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell told Vegetarian Times. "One was that I didn’t like to eat meat: I didn’t like to chew it, didn’t like the taste or smell of it and just wasn’t having any of it. I was in the minority of kids who actually loved fruits and vegetables. My mom, who was a nurse, was very supportive of my choice to become a vegetarian, but said we were going to do some research.” Bell says that she constantly monitors how colorful the food on her plate is – a trick her mother taught her. The actress has now gone vegan and also convinced her husband, actor Dax Shepard, to do so as well.

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5. Mike Tyson
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In an "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" special, controversial former boxer Mike Tyson opened up about why he chose to take on not just a vegetarian diet, but a vegan one at that. “Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life," says the 47-year-old athlete. Although not vegan any more, the controversial Tyson, followed the lifestyle for four and a half years.

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6. Kristen Wiig
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The "Bridesmaids" star credits being a vegetarian to helping her stay fit. “I eat a lot of tofu,” she admitted to Women’s Health. “I drink a lot of water, and I'm addicted to cranberry juice. I do have a splurge day once a week when I can eat whatever I want. It's good, because it helps you stay on track the rest of the week." Kristen has also been honored by PETA as one of the Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarians. She received the title in 2011 alongside Russell Brand.

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7. Russell Brand
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Comedian Russell Brand has been a vegetarian since the age of 14, according to Mother Nature Network. After receiving PETA's 2011 Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarian honor he said, "You shouldn't eat animals -- it's mean to them." After watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” Brand was inspired to become a vegan. The film investigates the idea that many of today’s degenerative diseases can be controlled by giving up processed foods and an animal-based diet.

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8. Ashley Judd
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Actress Ashley Judd tries to maintain a Zen-like environment throughout her entire life, and being a vegetarian certainly complements that attitude. Judd, who will next be seen in “The Identical” with Ray Liotta and Seth Green, briefly toyed with the idea of running for the U.S. Senate in the state of Kentucky before deciding against the career change.

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9. Johnny Galecki
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On "The Big Bang Theory," Johnny Galecki and his costars spend a lot of time chowing down on takeout Chinese food, but if it were real life, the actor would be taking the vegetarian option, reports PETA. He has kept his meals meat-free for years. Galecki, who has played Leonard Hofstadter on the CBS sitcom for seven seasons, is set to start work on a feature film titled “The Invitation” alongside Topher Grace and Zachary Quinto. Before “The Big Bang Theory” the 38-year-old actor was best known for his portrayal of David on 1990s sitcom “Roseanne”.

10. Lea Michele
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When "Glee" star Lea Michele decided she needed more energy, she chose to try a vegan diet. “I’m a vegan,” Lea explained to "OK!" Magazine. “It makes me feel really good and bright.” She continued to tell the weekly magazine, “You need a lot of energy to play spunky Rachel Berry, so I’ve tried a lot of different things -- and so far, this is working.” The actress has been known to go back and forth between a vegan and a vegetarian lifestyle.

11. Forest Whitaker
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"Life is full of choices, and many years ago I chose to become a vegetarian, and it was one of the best choices I've ever made," Forest Whitaker told PETA. The actor even filmed a public service announcement with his daughter promoting the vegetarian lifestyle. Whitaker received critical acclaim in 2013 for his portrayal of Cecil Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”. Next he’ll be seen in “Enemy Way” with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel, as well as “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana.

12. Edie Falco
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"Nurse Jackie’s” Edie Falco is an animal lover, even making a video pleading parents to avoid the circus because of the way they mistreat animals. Falco practices what she preaches by sticking with a vegetarian diet. She also stays healthy by catching up on her sleep. “I love being able to take a nap in the afternoon,” she tells “Redbook”. “It's always a little embarrassing at my son's school because he'll ask, ‘Are you going to be picking me up?’ and I'll say, ‘No, I'm working,’ and he'll say, ‘Oh, are you napping?’ I have to say, ‘No, I'm actually working.’”

13. Bruce Springsteen
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At 64, Bruce Springsteen still looks spry on stage -- he works out regularly and has reportedly maintained a mostly vegetarian diet for years. "He has practically the same waist size as when I met him, when we were 15," Springsteen's E Street Band buddy Steve Van Zandt told "The New Yorker." The rocker doesn’t appear to be slowing down. "I have stuff I'm working on that I'm very happy about," he told Rolling Stone. “I still feel like I'm in the middle of the well."

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14. Carrie Underwood
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Country gal Carrie Underwood grew up on her family's farm in Oklahoma, and she has been a vegetarian for the past 10 years and became a vegan in more recent years. She’s also admitted that she's an obsessive calorie counter who keeps a food journal to make sure she doesn't overeat.

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15. Steve-O
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"Jackass" star Steve-O might seem like the last person who would adopt a vegan diet, but it was an enlightening experience that prompted him to make the switch. "I heard a Krishna Consciousness guy in a YouTube video ask: "How can you expect to be saved if you eat meat? I became terrified of having to 'answer' for all of the suffering that I was causing for animals and immediately stopped eating meat…" he wrote in a blog on his website.

16. Tia Mowry
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“Sister, Sister” and "Instant Mom" star Tia Mowry and her actor husband Cory Hardrict decided to take up a vegan lifestyle together, reports VegNews.com. While guest blogging for actress Alicia Silverstone's website The Kind Life, Mowry raved, "Alicia’s book has been a saving grace. The recipes in it are so amazing, and I always make sure to bring it with me when I go grocery shopping.” Among her favorite vegan meals are oatmeal with bananas and rice milk, green juice sweetened with apple and miso soup with tofu and vegetables.

What Do YOU Think?
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Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Why is avoiding meat and/or animal products important to you? What is your favorite vegetarian meal? Were you surprised by any of these celebrity vegetarians? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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