Currently 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?