Woodrow Tracy Harrelson – to most Woody – is known for his expert portrayal of shady characters in blockbuster films like Natural born killers, The people against Larry Flynt, The hunger Games Trilogy, True detectiveand the poison movies. While his acting is remarkable and his talent is profound, we follow Harrelson for his vegan acts of kindness and entrepreneurship.
From the care stranger things Star Sadie Sink to investing in eco-friendly and plant-based companies, Harrelson is as vegan as it gets. Here’s how the award-winning actor became a true vegan icon:
He has been vegan for over 30 years
Harrelson has been vegan for more than 30 years – long before the invention of modern convenience products like Beyond Burgers and Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream. That was before Starbucks introduced soy milk. If you were vegan back then, that practically meant you were also eating whole foods, plant-based, as processed vegan items were extremely rare. We salute you, sir.
Contrary to the way most people give up animal products — by first becoming vegetarian and then vegan — the Prime Time Emmy winner quit milk and cheese first. In a 2014 interview with metro, he said: “I was on a bus when I was about 24 and this girl saw me blowing my nose – and I had acne all over my face. She told me that I was obviously lactose intolerant and that if I stopped dairy, my symptoms would go away within a few days. She was right.”
In the same interview, Harrelson described how eating steak and hamburgers made him lethargic. But after giving up animal products, his energy levels went up.
Over the years, Harrelson adopted a mostly raw vegan diet. He told InStyle in one frequently cited article that has since been removed: “I’m vegan, but I mostly eat raw. When I eat a cooked meal, I feel my energy drain. So when I started changing my diet, it wasn’t so much a moral or ethical quest as it was a vigorous quest.” Granted, he admits he enjoys the regular vegan-friendly libation — but no one should be held to perfect standards . In his opinion, the predominantly raw vegan diet compensates for the sluggishness after alcohol.
He inspires new vegans
stranger things Star Sadie Sink could still be a vegetarian if not for Harrelson’s gentle guidance. The co-narrator of the 2018 documentary about industrial animal husbandry, dominationcredits Harrelson with educating her about the vegan diet while the duo worked together on the 2017 biographical drama. The Glass Castle. And apparently his family knows how to serve good food.
“His daughter and I stayed for three days,” Sink said ell in 2019. “The entire time I was with them, I felt good about what I was eating and not like I was missing anything.”
English actress Thandie Newton also mentioned in an interview that she had eaten too vegan while filming Solo: A Star Wars Story with Harrelson. “I think it’s good to have a vegan… a vegan in a position of power. I’ve been vegan since I started working with Woody,” she said of the Texas-born actor, whom she affectionately called “everybody’s parent.”
Harrelson also influenced former vegan Liam Hemsworth to try the lifestyle while the two were filming The hunger Games. Hemsworth remained vegan until 2019, when he reintroduced animal products into his diet after battling kidney stones. Perhaps another film starring Harrelson could get Hemsworth back on the vegan bandwagon.
He has vegan connections
Even though Harrelson feels best when he eats raw, he can still appreciate and uplift other vegans in the culinary scene. A friend of Chad and Derek Sarno — the chefs behind the Wicked Healthy and Good Catch brands — Harrelson wrote the foreword to the couple’s cookbook. The Wicked Healthy Cookbook. He has also employed many vegan chefs (including the Sarnos) to host his private events and “on location” days of filming. We can only imagine the quality of this catering spread.
He’s an activist
Harrelson’s transformative powers are not held back when he steps out of line. He is actively involved in spreading the plant-positive message and takes appropriate action. In 2019, he joined forces with the nonprofit animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to protest an annual pig rodeo in Texas. That same year, he was one of the many celebrities behind activist group Million Dollar Vegan’s initiative to persuade Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent. The head of the Catholic Church, meanwhile, has issued statements encouraging younger people to eat less meat to help mitigate the climate crisis.
He has also provided his voice and support for Sir Paul McCartney’s ongoing Meat Free Mondays campaign. And, while it was just for laughs, Harrelson even brought his vegan perspective to bear on season 11, episode four of the HBO sitcom Curb your enthusiasmwhere he bluntly told the characters to eliminate dairy from their diets for the sake of suckler cows.
Harrelson is also the narrator behind the 2020 Netflix documentary on regenerative agriculture. kiss the floor, which paints a positive picture of the future of climate, we should turn away from monoculture. While the film isn’t explicitly vegan, Harrelson is passionate about preserving and restoring the planet’s biodiversity.
“We have a lot of industrial farming operations and the way they are doing it now is extremely destructive given the use of pesticides and soil destruction,” he said said during a panel at the 2022 Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho. “Regenerating soil can be a great way to mitigate the effects of global warming.”
He invests in vegan brands
In October 2021, Harrelson and actor Owen Wilson both invested in plant-based meat brand Abbot’s Butcher. Based in Costa Mesa, California, the company specializes in vegan meats made with pea protein and free of soy, gluten and canola oil.
A friend and fan of the Sarno brothers, Harrelson was one of the big names – including business mogul Paris Hilton and Big little lies Star Shailene Woodley – to invest in her vegan seafood line in 2020. Today, Good Catch has crossed the pond from the UK to the US, where its plant-based tuna, fish fingers and crab cakes are available in major grocery stores nationwide.
He is also an investor in a Baltimore, MD property that housed the vegan-friendly restaurant L’eau de Vie. Harrelson repurchased the property when it was a boutique hotel, although the property has been converted into luxury apartment buildings. The restaurant was opened on the ground floor of the new residential building, but unfortunately it is now closed.
Earlier in his career, he worked with entrepreneur Jeff Golfman to found Prairie Pulp & Paper – an environmentally friendly, tree-free paper company that supplies paper to Staples office locations in Canada and the United States.
When in Los Angeles, Woody likes to dine at one of the four locations of Sage Vegan Bistro — a vegan microchain he threw some money at in 2017 to support the expansion of his vegan beer garden in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood. Sage’s mix of exceptional raw and cooked dishes may have played a role in securing Harrelson’s generosity.
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