by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Eats
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Photo: Creative Commons, Caprica Cast Photos

stoltzCurrently featured on SyFy’s hotly anticipated prequel to Battlestar Galactica, Eric Stoltz’s Caprica character is described as being a challenging, somewhat morally questionable individual. The acting veteran’s latest gig offers a stark contrast to his own personal commitment to vegetarianism, launched at the age of 24. It’s hard to believe that the pop culture fixture of such memorable flicks as Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Mask, Some Kind Of Wonderful and Singles is now 49 – perhaps his youthful good looks can be attributed to the clean, meat-free diet that he has subscribed to for the better part of 25 years?

Not one to prattle on about his own personal lifestyle choices, there is very little that he has shared with the press regarding his preference for a meat-free existence. What we do know is that the self-confessed animal lover recently told MNN that he first embraced vegetarianism as a way to get a rise out of his parents, but he soon found that there were far more substantial benefits.

“I loved animals, and it pissed off my parents, which I loved,” he said.

Inspired by then-girlfriend Jennifer Jason Leigh to try out an entirely plant-based diet, Stoltz found that in addition to feeling physically better, he began to look beyond the scope of what was on his plate in order to recognize the eco-impact of the meat industry as a whole. His lifestyle decision was reinforced repeatedly throughout the years with each new resource that he consulted and he hasn’t looked back since.

Consistently among PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity” contenders in their yearly low-down, the notoriously private yet eclectic performer seems to prefer basking in the glory of his chameleon-like acting abilities rather than what he chooses to eat for dinner. There’s something about veggie-modesty that is especially attractive, wouldn’t you agree?

Via Mother Nature Network

  • David

    I commend those in Hollywood that choose to be recognized for their genuine abilities instead of flashiness and scandals, but being veg is not something we need to be modest about.

    The author may be confusing modesty over one’s diet with effective advocacy. Many veg*ns are blamed for being pushy with our diets because those that haven’t made the commitment view recognition of the problems with eating animals as threatening to their way of life. This is unfortunate since they’re the ones we need to convince. Taking this into consideration, I think it’s crucial that we learn how to advocate most effectively so that we are seen as supportive, non-judgmental (most of us once ate animals and shouldn’t treat others as evil for doing so), sane, healthy, etc.

    This does NOT mean that we should not be persistent advocates. Every time someone learns of the connections between healthy/friendly/normal people and veganism and/or between animal cruelty/environmental destruction/poor health and eating animals, they are brought one step closer to making this most important of commitments.

    Being veg*n is something to be proud and public about because it saves lives. If you want to save even more, think about what’s most effective in convincing others that they want to be like you.

  • beforewisdom

    This is similar to my experience. I went vegetarian at the age of 14 as an ego thing and as a rebellion thing. A girl-friend in highschool encouraged me to keep with it. I did. I felt much better. I eventually became vegan. I learned about the other aspects of it which really expanded my world view. Physically I’ve held up better over the decades than my peers. I look younger than my age and the only health issues I have are old sports injuries.

  • VeggieTart

    A public figure wanting to be known for his acting abilities and not anything in his personal life deserves praise. I appreciate that Eric Stoltz is modest about his private life. But one can be an advocate for a cause or many causes without it consuming his/her public image.

  • Susan Stoltz

    This article is a bunch of hooey. Eric never did anything to deliberately piss off our parents. It’s unfortunate that people like you have to make stuff up to get any sort of recognition.

    • Michael d'Estries


      We didn’t make it up. As you can read in the article, he said that to MNN in an interview. Obviously, it’s a tongue-in-cheek comment.

      • Susan Stoltz

        If they printed it it must be true is that what you’re saying?

      • Michael d'Estries

        Are you saying he didn’t say it? That MNN made it up?