Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards
by Michael dEstries
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Photo: INFPhoto/Carlos Diaz

Zooey Deschanel walked the Golden Globes for the first time last night, in attendance for a Best Actress nom in a TV series musical or comedy (she lost to Laura Dern). The 31-year-old chose a dark green silk dress with an open back, custom made by Prada.

While she’s not as actively involved in support animal rights as her sister Emily is, Zooey did recently join Ryan Gosling and other celebs in asking McDonald’s to purchase free range eggs.

“Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed,” the open letter reads. “While MCDonald’s brags about the ‘billions and billions served’, millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that would land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims.”

Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet

TMZ also recently discovered that the actress gives a generous $1,500/mo to charity.

While Zooey was a vegan for several years, she has since given up the diet because of her wide-range of food allergies. The site Vulture summed it all up after an interview with the “New Girl” star last fall.

“Deschanel is not a vegan, despite what you might have seen on Top Chef Masters. She’s not even vegetarian. Basically, five years ago she took a blood test and discovered that she couldn’t eat dairy or eggs or wheat. ‘I am the worst person to ever eat with because I have all these stupid food allergies,’ she says. ‘It wasn’t that many things, it was just all the things that are fun to eat — everything that I enjoy, like bread. ‘Awwwww, this is the worst thing!’ It was shitty.’ Her sister, Emily, was a vegan, and Zooey could still eat in vegan restaurants, so she thought she’d just become one. ‘In the back of my mind, I was like, ‘It’ll be easy! I can’t have that stuff anyway.’ But I didn’t realize you have so few options in the end,” she says. ‘To be a gluten-free vegan is, like, the most difficult thing you can possibly be. And I lasted, like, six months.’

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Hina Ayub

    Being a gluten-free vegan is not that difficult. While I don’t have Celiac’s, I have quite a few vegan friends with wheat allergies, and they all make do. Given how much awareness there is now about gluten-free foods, and how wealthy she is, couldn’t she hire a live-in chef? That is, if she doesn’t want to go to all the trouble that the average gluten-free vegan has to go through.