10 Actresses You Need to Know Who Play Vegans in Real Life

Tonya Kay – You’ve Got Great Shit to do & New Growth to Manage! Keep Your Eye on the Prize!

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What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

I was young and performing on tour with Kenny Rogers. One night it was just me and the tour bus driver awake, cruising to the next city. He pulled us over to refuel at a truck stop and, sensing late night hunger, I decided to refuel, too. I walked into the stop and it was like I put on those glasses that reveal the world as it really is – you know, the Truth Glasses. All I saw was neon plastic packaging and all I wanted was food. I was furious, delirious and committed to the vegan diet from my already vegetarian diet out of sheer desire to eat real food and not be controlled by the consumer sickness system. IMDB

Alexandra Bandean – Becoming Vegan Opened My Heart and Eyes So Much

What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

Seeing a 7 minutes excerpt of Gary Yourovsky’s the Best Speech on Facebook in which he was saying that we do not need to eat animal products to survive is what made me go vegan. That’s when it just clicked (and that click is what people need to feel in order to make the change, but what triggers it depends on everyone). I realized at that point that I did not have to hurt animals to survive and it made me feel so much better. And then I started doing research and watching videos of all kinds and decided to go vegan. IMDB

Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Cat Limket – It is OUR job to Educate and Show Others There is Another Way.

What lead you to veganism? How long ago? 

I’ve been officially vegan for 3 ½ years. I was pesca-vegan (ate ALL plant-based except for sushi once a month) for 5 years. Honestly, it was a loooong time coming. I struggled growing up in Texas a lot with eating meat and always felt a twinge of guilt. I’ve always been a huge animal lover (I watched a LOT of animal planet and was the weird girl that saved strays in the neighborhood). It was an inevitable path for me as I’ve always felt a connection to animals, and after battling health problems (thyroid issues, gut issues) and doing a bunch of research and watching documentaries (Cowspiracy, What The Health) I made the full switch and never looked back! IMDB

Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Heidi Caterina – I Felt Like I had Been Lied to for My Entire Life.

What lead you to veganism? How long ago? 

I was struggling with my skin and energy levels almost 4 years ago. I was googling dietary tips for constant tiredness and that’s when I discovered vegan related videos on YouTube. I spend hours on watching Freelee, That vegan couple and Bite Size Vegan. On the 23rd November 2015, I went vegan and I haven’t looked back ever since.  IMDB

Hayley Gripp – Advocate, Activist, Influencer and Co-Founder of Girls Who Eat Plants

What lead you to veganism?

I became a vegetarian 8 years ago at age 17. I have been a vegan for almost a year and a half. I went vegan due to having health issues. I was hit by a crazed driver a few years ago and have dealt w/ neurological issues from that. and also suffer from Tourette’s. My Tourette’s was getting worse and I didn’t know what else to do. I decided to clean up my diet. I went vegan and really saw an improvement. After I became vegan, I learned more about animal cruelty and got more interested in learning all I could about veganism. IMDB

Cortney Palm – I Am Connected to Everyone and Everything

What lead you to veganism? How long ago?

Around 5 years ago I got a smartphone and downloaded Instagram. I am not sure how it all progressed from there, but I followed a number of people who posted about animal rights, undercover factory farming footage, and amazing vegan recipes, and due to the combination of those posts I went from vegetarian to vegan. It was tough for the first two weeks or so to give up dairy because of the addictive properties. But I wrote a blog post on the subject of why dairy is bad for your health, the environment, and the animals. I never thought dairy would be a bad business, but due to propaganda and commercials promoting dairy we become a brainwashed society. IMDB

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Jessica Sattelberger – The Haute Vegan

What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

I’m not sure there was an exact moment, but it was a slow progression. Adam had been a vegetarian when we started dating, and about a year into our relationship he went vegan. Being that we lived together, when we would make dinner, we would cook vegan meals so that we could both enjoy them. He never told me I should go vegan or made me feel bad about the way I was living, but through our conversations and seeing his lifestyle choices I decided to give it a try. Once I had made the switch, I began educating myself and watching documentaries, and that was when I knew I made the right choice and I would never go back. IMDB

Jessie Nadeau – Actress, Model, and Animal Activist

Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.

I promote veganism every day through social media, protests, vigils and through vlogs I create myself. You can check out my YouTube channel here.  I have also competed in many pageants and used them to promote veganism. My last speech in the Dominican where I won Miss City Queen of the Globe was very uplifting because I was able to use this platform to educate others about veganism. I also promote veganism through a short film I made with my friend in Vancouver, The Course Of Nature, the story of a hunter meeting a vegan photographer who changes his perception of animals. IMDB

Jules Hartley – Being Vegan is a Necessary Part in Shifting the Balance to Create a Better World!

What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

My journey to veganism really began when I was 13. I was at a Hardee’s one day, having dinner with my mom and younger sister and eating fried chicken. And I remember looking down at the drumstick in my hand and had this sharp moment when I realized – woah, this was an actual animal, a living being, with flesh, bone, blood running through veins, with skin, feathers, a brain – I glanced at my own thigh and suddenly couldn’t take another bite. I then visited a dairy farm across from my sleep-away camp that summer, and seeing the way the cows were living – especially the young ones & how they were treated – really struck a nerve in me (and that was a “nice”, private, smaller dairy farm – I shudder to think of what the large-scale ones are like!). The next year I took healthy cooking classes with Dr. Gabe Mirkin and his wife (www.drmirkin.com) and I learned all about the health benefits of cooking with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains – and that was the nail in the coffin on meat and eggs for me. By the time I was in my mid 20’s I was experimenting with eliminating dairy due to some health issues, and shortly thereafter I discovered I have a triple immune response to dairy proteins. So, it was an easy transition from there to go completely plant-based (and I guess technically I am a “beegan” because I do enjoy raw honey in small amounts sometimes!). IMDB

Darbi Gwynn – Being Vegan is Easy. It’s Unlearning Bad Information That’s The Challenge

My name is Darbi Gwynn and I live in Los Angeles California. I work in the entertainment field as an actor and stunt performer. I knew about veganism when I was a child because my mother was deep into the health movement of the 1970s which was a very small community back then. It was about holistic living which included knowledge about the foods we eat, chemicals in body products, cleaning products, thoughts we think, etc. My mother was decades ahead of the game and people often thought of her as eccentric or strange. She spent time hanging out in health food stores talking to other people hanging out in Health Food stores and reading books. So early on I was used to watching the general public dismiss important knowledge just because it wasn’t the social norm. IMDB

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